American Sports Builders Association

Career Outlook

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction managers are expected to be needed to oversee the anticipated increase in construction activity over the coming decade. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, will have the best job prospects. Employment of landscape architects, turf managers, and engineers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Planning and developing new construction projects and redeveloping existing landscapes is expected to drive employment growth.



Careers Represented

Landscape Architect, Engineer, Turf Manager, Landscape Construction, Architect, Sales, Marketing, Crew Chief, Superintendent, Installer, Foreman, Project Manager, Track Striper, National Director of Sales or Marketing, Business Development, Sales Manager, Customer Service Manager, Regional Manager, Vice President of Sales, Director of Operations, Office Manager, General Manager, Account Manager, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Technical Services (or Support) Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager, Bookkeeper, Project Administrative Assistant

Educational Opportunities


Brief Overview

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), a non-profit trade association comprised of builders, designers and suppliers for sports facilities, exists to promote the highest standards of design, construction and maintenance by:

*Leading in the development and dissemination of current and accurate technical information; and
*Promoting the interests of builders of sports facilities of the type constructed by its members; and
*Providing a forum to gather and exchange ideas and information to improve sports facility construction and maintenance.

The membership of the American Sports Builders Association is guided by honesty and integrity in our words and actions.

Headquartered in Maryland, the ASBA works to raise professional standards and to insure that consumers receive services of the highest quality. As part of its work to achieve this goal, the association sponsors a certification program that permits experienced tennis court, running track and field builders to demonstrate their competency by completing an examination on all areas of construction. In addition, ASBA offers an awards program to recognize excellence in design, construction and renovation.

Another priority is education. The Association recognizes that the well-informed consumer is more likely to make appropriate decisions. Therefore, ASBA publishes online Buyer’s Guides for track, tennis court and field construction, which provide information on the process of selecting a site, choosing a contractor, identifying a surface and so forth. Also available online at are more detailed Construction Guidelines and a searchable database of members. For those who prefer printed material, the Association offers a directory of members at no charge; the directory allows consumers to locate design professionals, builders and material suppliers, as well as consultants, trade publications and other industry resources.


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    Typical Education

    Most states require landscape architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but usually include a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school, internship experience, and passing the Landscaping Architect Registration Examination. ASBA has approved new Certified Builder Standards of Conduct and have proposed bid language samples that can be used as needed by our Certified Builders or design professionals creating job specifications. Our certification policies and Standards of Conduct help to reinforce the integrity of ASBA’s certified builder programs and their importance in the marketplace. Educational requirements vary for sales representatives and depend on the type of products sold. If the products are not scientific or technical, a high school diploma is generally sufficient for entry into the occupation. If the products are scientific or technical, sales representatives typically need at least a bachelor’s degree.  Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a sales representative.