Sporting Goods Production Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

High school courses that can help prepare students for working in the sporting goods equipment industry include shop, basic mathematics, blueprint reading, sewing, and other classes that provide practice in following written instructions and diagrams or making items by hand. Speech classes will also be helpful. 

Postsecondary Training

Electronic devices are used more and more in sports for purposes such as timing skiers and runners. As more applications are developed for electronic and electrical equipment, more manufacturing workers will be needed who have the kind of knowledge and training that is available at technical schools. Also, design, precision assembly, and production jobs increasingly rely on machinery that is controlled by computers. For these reasons, a background that includes training in electronics and computer applications is very important for many jobs in this industry.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for sporting goods production workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

No experience is needed to work in entry-level production jobs, but those with prior work experience will increase their chances of landing a job, getting promoted, and possibly earning higher pay.

Sports equipment production workers generally need good eyesight and manual dexterity to work with small parts and operate machines. Interest in sports can be an advantage. For example, it helps for workers who shape baseball gloves to have experience playing baseball and using gloves, so they know the feel of a good fit. Other important traits include strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.