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Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Careers

facilitate Peak Performance

Build a successful career bringing out the ultimate performance in others.

If you've ever worked with athletes and performers, or have been one yourself, you know that mental performance is just as important as physical performance. Mental training for optimal performance is a trend that's growing in all sort of fields beyond athletic competition—from corporations to not-for-profits, hospitals, the military and more. The career options are just as varied—including sports psychology, performance consulting, research and academics.

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Solid Job Growth

The field of sport psychology is projected to grow 8% through 2030.


Our field is valuable in more ways than one. The median salary for sport psychologists with a doctoral degree is $82,180.

In Demand

More and more, sport and performance psychology is being recognized as essential for performers.

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Career Options

Discover where you can work with this degree.

You can see more specific descriptions on the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Career Center website. The path you choose is up to you. There's plenty to choose from! They include:

  • Mental Performance Consultant
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Coach
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Cognitive Performance Specialist
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Professor
  • Athletics Case Manager
  • Master Resilience Trainer
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Private Consulting Practice

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Joanna Morrissey

Career Consultation

Need more career support? As a sport psychology consultant and researcher, Professor Jo Morrissey can help you figure out your career path.

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