Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Let's do a good news/bad news scenario. The bad news is many people who switch from one field to another are vulnerable to pay cuts, because they have little/no experience in the field and must learn new skills. So, decide how much of a pay cut you are willing to take, if you must take one to chase your dream.
The good news is you can do this without taking a cut if you're strategic. The first thing I would suggest is building a quality network. While that can take some time, it can put you in a great position. Second, focus on your transferable skills. There's an excellent list of transferable skills
from Rogue Community College. Finally, keep up with sports news, and try to brand yourself as an innovator or problem solver. On a personal note, networking plus a focus on transferable skills is how I made the (unexpected) career transition from mass media to recruitment.
Last thing. Be enthusiastic! You'll be amazed at how marketable enthusiasm is. Good luck!!!