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Entertainment & Sports Occupations


The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) states the following about entertainment and sports occupations:

Overall employment in entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 95,500 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 106,200 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $49,470 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.


Entertainment & Sports Jobs

Below you find a list of positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2021 Median Pay
Actors & ActressesActors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media.Some college, no degreeThe annual wage is not available.
Athletes and Sports CompetitorsAthletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.No formal educational credential$77,300
Coaches and ScoutsCoaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport.Bachelor's degree$38,970
Dancers and ChoreographersDancers and choreographers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.May vary with type of dancerThe annual wage is not available.
Music Directors and ComposersMusic directors lead musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.Bachelor's degree$49,130
Musicians and SingersMusicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.No formal educational credentialThe annual wage is not available.
Producers and DirectorsProducers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions.Bachelor's degree$79,000
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports OfficialsUmpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play.High school diploma or equivalent$35,860


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic

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