Can't throw a sideline pass like Aaron Rodgers? Catch a bullet like Jordy Nelson? No worries. The "dream" sports job of today taps into an unprecedented range of skill sets, talents and backgrounds, offering career choices beyond the traditional coaches, scouts, and refs.
Supporting the increasingly complex 'fan experience' for the NFL's 32 teams requires thousands of employees working behind the scenes in administrative, sales and marketing, facilities management, finance or technology positions. Instead of just cheering at Lambeau, why not make your own leap to a job you can love?
Consider these facts: The NFL is the most lucrative sports league on the planet and its teams are worth, on average, $1.17 billion, 5 percent more than in 2012. Even the quarterback-less Cleveland Browns are worth a pretty penny; the team recently sold for $1 billion. The industry overall brings in billions a year -- not including the avalanche of cash generated by all those Buffalo chicken wings, beer, and nachos on Super Bowl Sunday. According to CareerBuilder company, EMSI, sports jobs have a multiplier of 2.3, which means that for every job, another 1.3 is created through supply-chain effects.
If you're a geek, football is your game
Some of this surge is coming from the new era of "smart" everything. First there were smart cars, smart phones, and now smart stadiums. These innovations are powering new digital and data-driven jobs as teams turn to technology to engage highly connected fans. One of these savvy football teams is the famous San Francisco '49ers, who are about to launch the 2014 season in a brand new "smart" stadium. The new venue features 680 Wi-Fi access points, 12,000 Ethernet ports, and an estimated $125 million technology investment. Good news for job seekers, especially those with technical, social, and media expertise.
Is your dream football job waiting for you? Check out these opportunities:
2014 Seasonal and Game Day Employment
With the pre-season only weeks away, football teams are actively searching for qualified employees to fill their needs for temporary, part-time, and full-time employment. One place to start looking is the venerable NFL, which currently lists 136 jobs in cities across the country. Other positions can be found on individual team sites or via employment sites such as CareerBuilder. Sports-specific recruiters such as TeamWorkonline, Jobsinsports, and WorkinSports offer "match-making" services that connect sports talent with teams and organizations.
Here's a sample:
The Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are now accepting applications for the 2014 season. The Packers Pro Shop, Guest Services and Security Departments are seeking qualified team members to join our Seasonal / Game Day staff. Positions Available: Security Event Staff Guest Services - Greeters, Ushers, Attendants, Wheelchair Runners.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are looking for a Game Day Entertainment Assistant who will report to the Director of Game Day Entertainment and assist in various areas of Game Day Entertainment within the New Orleans Saints organization.
The Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops Store Manager-Firewheel. The Pro Shop Manager is responsible for the overall success of their assigned Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop. The Pro Shop Manager provides direction and supervision for all activities within their assigned store and reports to the District Manager.
Pittsburgh Steelers (Pittsburgh, PA)
Responsible for the strategy, production and management of content for all Pittsburgh Steelers digital platforms to include desktop site, mobile site, digital app and social media channels.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Special Events & Game Operations Conversion Crew will assist with various aspects of special events and game operations, including but not limited to, the items enumerated here. This position is a part-time, hourly role.
Project Manager, NFL Creative in New York
The project manager represents the in-house Creative group and will work with several internal departments, which we view as our "clients". A few of the departments within the NFL requiring support are: Special Events, Consumer Products and Sales & Marketing. Note: They want a pro who can 'start as soon as possible.'
The Vikings are seeking a New Stadium Partnerships Manager, who will oversee the execution and activation of the team's New Stadium partnership agreements. This position will work closely with the Vikings'New Stadium Business Development and Corporate Sales staff, as well as with New Stadium Founding Partners and other select team partners to develop innovative and impactful promotional and activation platforms.
Intern Dream Jobs
Apply Now: If you're an enthusiastic, digitally savvy football fan, there may be an "unparalleled learning experience" for you as part of the NFL's Junior Rotational Program. Along with the NFL Headquarter rotations, "participants may have the opportunity to work on short or long term assignments in various offices including the NFL Media office based in Culver City, CA. We are currently accepting applications! The deadline to apply is Monday, September 30th at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time."
Other teams are also offering plum opportunities:
Redskins.com Intern - Washington Redskins (Ashburn, VA)
The Washington Redskins are seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual to support the Digital Media department as an intern, with the primary focus on daily HTML maintenance and design for Redskins.com and related digital assets.
Photography Intern - Seattle Seahawks (Seattle, WA)
The Photography Intern will work with team photographers to manage the Seattle Seahawks Photography Archive and drive the updating, organizing and keywording of all photography assets.
Is this the season you take your football fantasies out of your imagination and into your next career?