Career Overview

An athlete is a person who gets paid to play a sport professionally. Use the search box to find the video made by Terrell Thomas, a professional football player!


There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a professional athlete, although most have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Because one injury can end an entire career, it is recommend that potential athletes work toward a four-year university degree as a back-up-plan.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$19,000 /yr
$47,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada