Career Guides

Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officers promote sports and skills development at an organisation or for a community. They also work closely with young people and other special groups to oversee their participation in sport.

Where you Might Work

Sports Development Officers work in any area that needs promoting sport and recreation events. These areas could include: 

Key Responsibilities

Sports Development Officers have a multi-faceted job that requires them to do a range of tasks, including: 

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

An arrangement of skills will be needed for this career, such as: 

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Market Insights

1,100 employed.

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Full-time share of 65%

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Female share of 33%

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Average age of 30

Market Insights

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The table below includes options that involve both VET courses and tertiary education. It is important to consider which pathway would be the best option for you. 

Course Potential Career OpportunitiesFurther Study Beyond QualificationDuration and Number of elements/units
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Exercise specialist for community sports organisations
  • Sport and recreation manager/officer
  • Occupational health and safety officer
An honours year can be undergone for further training and refinement of skills.

3 years full-time

6 years part-time

Diploma of Sport (SIS50321)

A Diploma of Sport allows individuals to pursue 3 notable job titles: 

  • High performance coach
  • Sport development officer/manager
  • Talent manager
The Diploma of Sport’s elective subjects allow students to specialise in certain areas. We recommend choosing the Sport Development package (4 elective units) along with another elective package that you are interested in.

Course Length: 1 year

Contains 14 units recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework (3 core units and 11 elective units)


Additional Qualifications

Already qualified? Head to the Sportspeople jobs board for the best selection of positions currently available in the industry.

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