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Active Careers

Careers in Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Looking for jobs in sports?
Seeking an exciting career in the fitness industry?
Dreaming of a role in outdoor recreation?

 

Delivering fitness, gym, sport or aquatic participation programs, instructing outdoor adventure activities, and planning and managing facilities are just a few examples of the different jobs and careers within sport, fitness and recreation.

There are so many exciting jobs and careers in sport, fitness and recreation, and many different pathways to take you there.

What do careers in sports and fitness look like? You may want to be a fitness instructor in a gym, or to teach kids to abseil at an outdoor adventure camp. You may want to be a football coach, a team physio, a yoga teacher —or the PE teacher that encourages students to reach their potential. Perhaps your ideal sports job is being involved at a club or organisational level — whether that’s being a groundskeeper or sports club administrator.

Whether you’re dreaming of jobs in sports, jobs in fitness, or outdoor jobs in recreation, active careers offer a whole world of possibilities. But how do you find the right jobs in fitness or sport? And how do you plan reliable sporting careers? That’s where we can help. 

Fitness, Recreation & Sport Jobs Guides

Not sure what recreation, fitness and sport jobs there are out there, or what they entail? How do you plan a successful sporting career, or find the best jobs in the fitness industry?

Just like any career, you need to be strategic when planning. Check out our active job descriptions for role descriptions of common fitness jobs, outdoor recreation jobs, and sport jobs— from sports development jobs to sport coaches, lifeguards and outdoor adventure guides.

Our short fitness, recreation and sports career guides tell you everything you need to know about common sports jobs, such as their average salaries, key responsibilities, and prospective future growth. Whether you want to be a professional sportsperson, an exercise physiologist, or a sports centre manager, our sport and fitness job guides will help you plan outstanding sport careers. 

Sport & Fitness Career Guides

Looking for Jobs in Sport, Fitness and Recreation?

These Job Portals are a great place to start!
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Sports Careers


Sportspeople.com.au is Australia's largest sports jobsite

  • Over 5 million page views
  • 2500+ sports and recreation industry employers
  • 40 industry job boards including National and State Sporting Organisations

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AUSactive


The AUSactive job board has all the latest Australian health and fitness industry jobs.

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Outdoors Queensland


Are you looking for a job in the outdoors? You will find what you need here, with listings of outdoor jobs and volunteering opportunities available in Queensland, links to Australian and international outdoor job opportunities and useful information relevant to gaining work in the outdoor industry.

Need Qualifications or on-the-Job Training?

There are many routes into active careers.

Wondering whether you should go down the route of Vocational Education & Training, Traineeships, or Tertiary Qualifications? Or would you prefer just to jump in with an entry-level or volunteering position? 

Our short guide to education, training and on-the-job pathways into the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Industry will help get you on track. 

Education & Training Pathways

Resources

Sport Careers

Sportspeople.com.au is Australia’s largest sports jobsite• Over 5 million page views
• 2,500+ sports and recreation industry employers
• 40 industry job boards including National and State Sporting Organisations

Outdoor Recreation Careers

When choosing the right training it is important to consider all the external influences that may affect the training or qualifications you require.

Persons within the outdoor recreation sector in Australia, or those seeking to enter the sector, may have achieved formal qualifications in a variety of ways e.g. a university; TAFE College or another Registered Training Organisation; industry bodies; formalised in-house training.

Fitness Careers

AUSactive’s job board gets your job advertisements in front of far more Australian job seekers in the fitness industry than any other site.

The Australian health and fitness industry provides a diverse range of services for the general public. From personal training to group exercise, the choice of activities and services continues to grow, providing an exciting range of employment opportunities

QTAC: Home

QTAC provides a one-stop shop for 16 higher education providers in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, across both undergraduate and postgraduate admissions.

Whether you’re a school-leaver applying for the first time or a prospective mature-age student craving a career change, we’re here to help you on your journey to tertiary study.

Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs


We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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