Many times, people argue about whether or not college football players should be paid. But what about the students behind the scenes and the jobs they hold? While the jobs that students hold don’t compare in magnitude to the work that the coaching staff do, they are however an integral part of the team. Check out the pretty nifty list of jobs that you can have in college football that help contribute to the team.
If you’re an aspiring journalist, doesn’t matter if you want to be a sports journalist or not, gaining first hand experience is paramount to the kind of future you want. Just being able to cover games and get your own opinion out there is important. Plus, it will only help you get your career started, college is a time to grow and learn and make mistakes. As a journalist, you have to know how to pick yourself back up and just keep going. Not only do you get to voice your own options, but you can attend the games for free, get up close to players and you can even become something of a star on campus. Not too shabby, eh?
As an event worker, your biggest and most important job is to make sure absolutely everything runs smoothly during games, but it’s also a lot of fun. Your job could literally be anything from helping people find their seats or someone who hands out stat sheets or you could be responsible to get people to sign up to contests (you could be the guy to fire the t-shirt cannon into the crowd). Your job is never the same, you’re always doing something different!
If you land the role of graduate assistant, then you’re on the right track to become a college football coach as this position is kind of like a coach in training role. We’re sure that plenty of your favorite head coaches stared off in the same position. You get to work with the players, help to prep the scout team for any upcoming events and you can even participate in making sure some of the smaller positions are ready for game day. Now that’s pretty cool.
How great would it be to dress up in a costume and become the mascot of the team? I think it’d be a lot of fun actually. It does take a lot of work and personality to be able to entertain a crowd in the tens of thousands. Remember, a lot of people try out but only a few actually get the job. That’s pretty special.
Pep Squad Leader
So you want to be a pep squad leader, well get ready to take on a lot of responsibilities. You don’t just get to show up, follow what everyone else is doing, and just be beautiful all day. You have to make almost any and every big decision, schedule the practices, and keep the peace if things ever get out of hand with any members. Plus, the leader is also responsible for calling and preparing the cheers at each and every game. It’s a tough job, not everyone is cut out for it.
You’re well on your way to become the next Dr. James Andrews, okay well not really. You will however be super close to the play and you’ll have a hand in the team’s success. You’re pretty much an athletic trainer and this role is suited for students in the medical field, of course. Team trainers are able to help treat minor injuries after plays, can even recommended diets and exercises to certain players who need to get in better shape and can participate in physical therapy to players recovering from injuries. If you’re looking for first hand experience then this is definitely the job for you.
Post-Game Cleaning Crew
We don’t really need to explain this one, do we? It may not be the greatest job in the world as tens of thousands of people leave behind gum, drinks, popcorn, hot dogs, the list is pretty much endless. But you shouldn’t complain though, there of plenty of people who would take this job. So slip on your gloves and get to work.
This is a pretty big role, you have to help keep your school’s name trending because as a marketing intern, you’re the one responsible for creaking strategies to promote the school on various channels. Sometimes you get to help out with the brand and logo, which is a great skill to have in today’s day and age. And if you’re really lucky, you could even you can even help put together a Heisman campaign video! Marketing is a huge necessity to get a certain message out and recruit players for your school, this team is filled all-stars who go on to find even bigger stars.
Sadly, it’s well known that there some athletes in college football (well, in any athletic sport really) who don’t have good grades. It’s your job as a tutor to educate them to get a passing grade so they can get back on field or court, whatever the sport. As a tutor, you get to teach others something you know a lot about and you get to manage your own schedule. It can be a really rewarding experience.
Do you have a passion for television or film? Well working for the video department during games is a great learning curve. Some schools will allow students to work during games so that they can gain valuable experience as video-graphers or cameraman while the action is live. Even if this is something you don’t really care about, it’s still a pretty cool job.
If you want to be involved with the team, this includes coaches and players alike, then be prepared to some dirty work. (No, nothing like picking up people’s trash). The role of a team manager is to ensure that everything is set up for the players before they show up to practice. You do a lot of things so that the coaches don’t have to, such as setting up the yard markers and pylons, open up the equipment shed, obviously unlock the gates – it’s a job where you show up first and leave last. It can be tough and not have much recognition but it’s as close as you’ll get to having an impact on the team.
Play by Play/PA Announcer
Calling all major sports fans, this would be the best job in the entire world. Doesn’t even matter if you never get to be like the guys from ESPN, you’re still a part of calling play-by-play action, announcing the starting lineups and doing the introductions. That’s pretty wild. Normally, only really small schools have programs like this and if you’re one of the few chosen, well those are memories that will last a lifetime.