Very athletic people might want to consider getting a job as a "Pro" athlete. But they should know that very few athletes ever make it that far. It's a good idea, then, to have another job in mind as well. Professional athletes include baseball, football, basketball, and tennis players; golfers, ice skaters, skiers, stock car drivers, and rodeo riders: anyone playing a sport for money. Most professional athletes spend a good part of their lives practicing. Playing organized sports at an early level can only help. Jobs for professional athletes are expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018.