Athletes and Sports Competitors

risk level
Based on 1,319 votes
by year 2032
or $33.79 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

16% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

User poll

13.2% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a minimal chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 16% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Athletes and Sports Competitors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Athletes and Sports Competitors' job openings is expected to rise 35.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Athletes and Sports Competitors' was $70,280, or $33 per hour

'Athletes and Sports Competitors' were paid 46.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 14,930 people employed as 'Athletes and Sports Competitors' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 10 thousand people are employed as 'Athletes and Sports Competitors'.

Job description

Compete in athletic events.

SOC Code: 27-2021.00


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Ahaan (No chance) says
Sports with robots should be a separate game and shouldn't be mixed in with basketball or football players.
Jul 11, 2024 at 03:26 PM
Anom (No chance) says
Who will wanna watch sports if robots play? How is it still enjoyable?
Jul 05, 2024 at 06:48 PM
James (No chance) says
If the world comes to a point where AI replaces sports, there will be no fun or adrenaline-rushing plays made in sports.

An AI cannot choose between passing and running when it doesn’t know anything about the defenders. An AI cannot choose which teammate to pass to in a game of hockey. An AI cannot make a game of baseball interesting. This is because AI cannot and never will have the ability to make mistakes or learn about another team outside of the game.

The only job AI can ever have in sports is keeping track of the scoreboard or selling food and drink at a concession stand.
Jul 04, 2024 at 11:21 PM
Rene Michael Rodriguez (No chance) says
There is no chance because they would do everything perfect and everyone would super board
Jul 02, 2024 at 01:43 PM
Gabriel (Low) says
Because even if they did they'd have to scratch the idea because of injuries and the amount people that would sue them because of it.
Jul 02, 2024 at 01:32 PM
Anon says
I don't think people would enjoy rooting for robots...
Jul 02, 2024 at 12:44 AM
Sigma (Low) says
Cannot replicate the same results as humans and will be too boring
Jul 02, 2024 at 12:14 AM
Heeheh (No chance) says
That takes the fun out of it
Jul 01, 2024 at 06:36 PM
Kush says
Humans have feelings, but robots cannot feel anything. Humans made AI by themselves, given their IQ level. Humans created many languages, and yes, robots will learn all the languages. They can also create other languages which we may never understand. However, we can create something that AI cannot understand.

Do you understand, Miss/Mr. Robot or AI? 😎
Jun 11, 2024 at 08:09 AM
Shing Tung (No chance) says
Not only would it be quite foolish but I believe it would be quite boring to watch a machine perform athletic things.
Dec 11, 2023 at 10:13 PM
serious guy (No chance) says
ROBOTS are made by humans and humans can not develop something just like them
Sep 19, 2023 at 10:38 AM
Rocky Balboa (No chance) says
Nobody would watch a robot play football against other robots, or any other sport for that matter. Sports are created with the goal of testing human athleticism, and there's zero reason highly complicated robots would be replacing athletes in leagues created for entertainment.
Jun 11, 2023 at 02:13 AM
Jay (Uncertain) says
As Robots & A.I become more humanlike we should be concerned about the possibilities of Robots & A.I taking over areas of our lives like sports, entertainment and other sectors that we are not considering. The fact that we're discussing it as the technologies continue to advance tells us it's possible and can go either way...
Mar 02, 2023 at 12:37 PM
Aaron (No chance) says
if sports are automated they will be come very boring
Nov 15, 2022 at 06:28 PM
Qarlz (Low) says
Traumatic brain injuries and the liability of insuring human players.
Oct 05, 2022 at 08:42 AM
BibirMengkeroet (No chance) says
Most people who watch sport competitions want to see actual human, not robots (Assuming people still watches them, which is unlikely in the future)
Sep 13, 2022 at 12:07 PM
Talan Castro says
Dude imagine the hitting or tackling and falling if a robot took place in sports! The bots would get messed up! It’s so not possible! I want to play in the NHL and I don’t want to be replaced by a robot! That’s BS!
Sep 08, 2022 at 03:57 PM
April Skies says
I just don't see how a robot could replace a human in sports, unless there is a new branch of sports with robots or AI in it, like Real Steel.

Imagine how boring it would be if football was played by robots. The drama, emotion, and art of football can't be replaced by robots. There's absolutely no chance.
Jul 25, 2022 at 01:40 PM
Future Footballer (Low) says
Robot code can be hacked
Jul 05, 2022 at 10:42 PM
Rational (Highly likely) says
Sports and athletics are just concepts with no real value they give to the world, so they're very easy to be replaced because it's just a game of sensors and fluid movements of machines which would be needed. Boston Dynamics robots already do backflips which so many people around the world can't do.
May 11, 2022 at 06:16 AM
Jesse Tong says
I don't think so, scientists are struggling mimicking most human limbs' actions and movements, let alone make them good enough for sports. Even with sports and competitions that you can put robots and AIs to, such as chess or E-Sports, the point is that sports are meant to push and break humans' physical and mental limits, as well as all the emotional attachment people watching to the players. No one would watch robots play against each other, though it doesn't matter since less and less people watch any kind of sports these days.
Sep 19, 2023 at 10:14 AM

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