Athletes and Sports Competitors

risk level
Based on 1,213 votes
by year 2032
or $45.32 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

17% (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

13.8% 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 17% 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.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Athletes and Sports Competitors' was $94,270, or $45 per hour

'Athletes and Sports Competitors' were paid 103.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 11,930 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 12 thousand people are employed as 'Athletes and Sports Competitors'.

Job description

Compete in athletic events.

SOC Code: 27-2021.00


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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
Brandon Dehkordi (Low) says
Even if replacing martial artists, sports players and coaches was possible with machines it would defeat the purpose of pushing the human body to its limits and becoming the best at something.

If a robot did this job then it would no longer be the same job, just a comparison of robots to see whose hardware is better whereas in human sports it takes years and even decades of dedication to become good enough to stand at the top and is symbolistic of a journey that no robot could ever replicate.
Aug 26, 2021 at 06:20 PM
OP says
Yeah, guys sports will be boring if it's replaced by robots but the chance is low sooo
Jul 31, 2021 at 02:10 PM
Sam B says
Total Bull****
No one wants to watch a robot play football
Jun 17, 2021 at 08:13 AM
Francesco (No chance) says
The sole purpose it exists it to extend the human body's limits. No point in replacing it with robots
Apr 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Maria says
I agree with your statement one hundred percent.
Mar 09, 2023 at 04:27 AM
Mapo'a (No chance) says
It is a human activity and will never be automated
Apr 08, 2021 at 05:42 PM
lara (No chance) says
why would we want to watch robots play our favorite sports and represent our countries.. also, all the robots would have the same abilities so no one would win!
Mar 21, 2021 at 05:34 AM
Kylian says
how could robots replace Messi and Ronaldo
Feb 22, 2021 at 02:26 PM
Its_Aarav (No chance) says
Because I just don't see robots running marathons and playing football
Jan 07, 2021 at 08:25 AM
Nate H (Low) says
Small chance because AI can't really be compared to a human and their athletic ability. AI in a few years might be seen as some people but I don't think that they would be able to play sports.
Dec 04, 2020 at 06:08 PM
BibirMengkeroet says
It's more than possible to create a machine that outperforms human power. In fact, we already have that. It's called cars.

However, as you've said, AI in a human-like body would still look fake because of the uncanny valley. There are already separate competitions for robot athletes, and these were held years ago.
Sep 13, 2022 at 12:13 PM

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