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Sports and Recreation

Industry opportunities in sports and recreation

The Sports and Recreation sector employs more than 220,000 people and this is expected to grow by 8.7 percent up to 2023.

What to expect from a career in this industry

Working in this industry gives you the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. Sports and recreation are central to the lives of Australians – many choose to spend their money on specialised services within the fitness field. This is good news, as it means there is demand for skills across all facets of the field.

If you love engaging with people and building better communities by promoting wellbeing, then this could be the path for you. Career outcomes in the sports and recreation industry range from being a fitness instructor, sports coach, horse racing official, greenkeeper, sports event manager, community activities officer, sports official, and more. 

Some of the benefits of being skilled in this industry include:

  • Healthy physical activity a part of your normal day
  • Ability to positively impact the lives of your clients
  • Strengthen communities and help build relationships
  • Easy step to becoming a business owner
  • Opportunity to work outdoors.

There are many ways to become skilled in this popular field. Examples of apprenticeships or traineeships include a sports and recreation traineeship, pool lifeguard traineeship, or a school-based health and physical education trainee. 

These can be done alongside further TAFE or university education and can lead to various career avenues. For example, complement your traineeship by studying a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation to become an adventure guide, or become a sports development officer by studying a Diploma of Community Development.

Sports and recreation industry apprenticeships and traineeships 

Get practical experience and a nationally-recognised certification to launch your career in the sports and recreation industry with Mas. Mas helps job seekers who are looking to reskill or upskill to find the jobs and careers they want.

Whether you’re an employer or job seeker, Mas provides guidance, support and transparency throughout the learning, job seeking and placement phases of your training.