With over 18,000 golf facilities in the U.S and over 32,000 golf courses worldwide, the industry is booming. This means career options are in mass quantities. Golf is a $76 billion industry with $61 billion nationally being in wages. The golf industry creates 2 million jobs in this country, and is still growing. When people think of golf, they mainly think of the "Golf Pro" or the "Grounds Keeper." What they don't realize is that there are a multitude of other careers in the golf industry outside of the golf course, such as:
That is just a small list of career paths in the golf industry. On the course there are:
And, with new technology those long lists of career paths just keep growing. Technology is guiding the future golf with equipment such as:
So with all this new found knowledge on the industry of golf, how does someone get started in a new career in golf? There are several different options to becoming a PGA Professional, but they all include golf management school. One option is through the work study and class programs at the PGA Education Center. There are also 14 PGA accredited universities that offer Professional Golf Management Associates Degrees. In addition to the AS degree there is the Sports Management with a Concentration in Golf Bachelor of Science Degrees available. Post Graduate Programs are available for those who want to pursue a Masters degree in the area of golf.
Golf management school is both a time investment and a financial investment in the future. It is important to have a love of golf when looking at this career path before dedicating years and finances to a golf management school education. Once these things have been considered and it has been decided that this is the correct career path, the next step is to research the PGA accredited universities and educational center to find the best location.
When determining the right school, look at the curriculum, where they are located, their accreditation, admission requirements, tuition and financial aid options, what technologies they train their students on, and for former or current college students whether or not they will transfer credits. Transferring credits can save both money and time in the long run. One way to find a list of PGA-approved universities is to contact the PGA Employment Center.
A career in the golf industry can be both lucrative and rewarding if the love of golf is there. Golf is a worldwide sport played by people of any economic background, from the mailman on the corner to the pro athlete up the street, which can lead to travel, meeting new people, and provide the opportunity for undreamed of experiences. The first step towards this exciting new career is to find the right golf management school and enroll.