Finding a job in Hockey

As with all other jobs in the workforce, finding the right job can be difficult and might take longer than most people expect. Sometimes, people work three or more jobs early on in their career before they find the one that fits them best. Because of this, it can be difficult to find a job in any professional field, but it is extremely difficult to find work in the sports fields. One of those fields is the world of hockey.

Collegiate or professional hockey is an ever-growing field as new teams begin to make their way into the spotlight. More and more Minor League hockey teams are sprouting up across the country and are joining the ranks of the National Hockey League as affiliates to NHL teams. A lot of colleges and universities are also approving hockey teams, which add them to the pool of collegiate teams in the country today.

All of these teams, as well as the existing ones, have plenty of positions they need filled on a year to year basis. So how do you break into the hockey workplace? It can be just as hard as doing so in baseball, basketball and football. But don't fret; breaking into the hockey workplace is possible if done the right way. First, make sure you major in either sports management or business while in college.

These majors will help you build a foundation in becoming a sports agent or working as a business executive in the front office of an organization. While in school, make sure you obtain an internship in the field to hone your skills and grab a hands on learning experience within the industry.

Working in the hockey workplace can involve being a scout, a player agent, a front office executive, a coach, an athletic trainer, player personnel, director of player development and much more. Other positions are customer service, ticket sales, promotions, public relations and team media. If you are interested in team media, major in communications while in school and gain experience on the air at your school's radio station. Your internship, if you major in communications, should be with a Minor League team that will allow you to broadcast some of their games. This could lead to a full-time position on the air with the club. You never know.

If you know before heading to college what you would like to do as a career in the field of hockey, make sure you study a major that correlates with the field you wish to become employed in. This makes the job search process that much easier upon graduation.

Breaking into the hockey workplace doesn't have to be as difficult as it could be if you apply for the jobs that fit your experience and education background the best. If you are a writer and covered your school's hockey team for the newspaper, make sure you apply as a writer for the team's website or the team's media guide or game day releases. Apply for the jobs that make sense to apply for and ones that don't fit your background.