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How to Get a Job Working in Sport

If you’re reading this we can presume you love sport. We can also presume you’re keen on a career that you’re actually going to enjoy. Aaaand you’re smart enough to have realised that yes, you can combine your passion with a salary for maximum lifestyle enjoyment. Good on you. It’s definitely doable. There are SO many options for working in sport, there is sure to be one that fits your personality and skill-set. Let’s take a look at some of the key sectors in the sports industry as well as the skills and qualifications you’ll need to get a foot in the door.

Professional Athlete

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Ok, so if you have what it takes to become a professional athlete you are probably not going to be reading this, because you’re already well on your way. But, just in case, here you go. Being a professional athlete is not a job, it’s a way of life. And you’ll need bucketloads of natural talent, ambition and drive to make it. Competing at the highest level, you’ll need to keep your body in peak physical condition at all times, manage your diet and train every day. There are no shortcuts.

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Quite simply, you need to be among the best in your country, or even in the world, to make it as a professional athlete. Natural skills and talents usually emerge in childhood and then need to be intensely cultivated, as you constantly refine and develop your technique.

Sports Coach

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Sports coaches help clients reach their potential through motivating and encouraging them, evaluating their performance and providing feedback – making sure to balance constructive criticism with positivity. They assess the strengths and weaknesses of their clients to identify areas for improvement. Using clear and simple language, they communicate instructions, inspire confidence and self belief and encourage their participants to develop their knowledge and skills.

Skills and Qualifications:

You don’t usually need a formal qualification if you’re coaching the local under 9’s soccer team, but if you want to get serious, you’ll need something like a Diploma of Sport Development, a Diploma of Exercise Studies or a Graduate Diploma of Sports Administration. You could also undertake a Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science).

Sports Event Manager

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We all know attending a sports event can be fun, but think of all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Sports Event Managers, Planners and Coordinators handle every little detail that goes into preparing the facility (or even the team) for the day. Sports event planners work on everything from club cricket games to NRL Grand Finals to the Olympics. It’s their job to ensure the event goes off without a hitch, while keeping spectators happy and engaged.

Skills and Qualifications:

Well, obviously you need to be a gun at organising. You need superior interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive under pressure. Leadership qualities and negotiation skills are important too. While you probably won’t need any qualifications to start planning small, local events, you’ll definitely need a degree under your belt for the bigger ones. Relevant degrees include those based around sports management or administration, marketing, PR or communications. You could even do a Masters in sports management or a related field and then set up your own business.

Sports Medicine

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You can get involved with sports medicine by becoming a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, nurse, occupational therapist, athletic trainer or physical therapist. Each field differs in the length of training, the training requirements and the scope of practice. As a whole, sports medicine is focussed on helping sports people recover from injury, prevent future injuries and improve their athletic performance. It’s a great industry if you want to combine your skills in biological science with your passion for sport.

Skills and Qualifications:
You’ll need an interest in the physiology of the human body, good interpersonal skills, fast decision making ability and a desire to help other people perform at their best. Most roles in this field require at least a degree. Options include the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, and the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science).

Fitness Instructor

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If you love to keep fit and have great communication skills then you should consider becoming a fitness instructor. Fitness instructors lead groups in exercise activities and classes including strength training, cardio exercise, stretching, dance, yoga and pilates. They work with people of all ages and skill levels and often plan or choreograph their own classes, including choosing appropriate music and creating routines or sets of moves. They watch clients performing the exercises to make sure they are using the correct techniques to minimise injury and improve their fitness. They might also provide clients with information or resources on nutrition and lifestyle.

Skills and Qualifications:

You’ll need great customer service ability, including relationship-building and selling skills, along with a high level of physical fitness, the ability to inspire and motivate clients and the ability to communicate effectively with all demographics. Some formal education is usually required, even if it is just a Certificate to start with. Some options include the Certificate IV in Fitness‎, the Diploma of Fitness and the Bachelor of Applied Fitness.