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Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland

Careers

Careers in the Fitness, Sport & Recreation industry


What could be more exciting than a career in the sport, fitness and recreation industry?  With a wide variety of jobs and career pathways available, the sport, fitness and recreation sector can be a fun, challenging and fulfilling environment to work and progress your career.

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.

You will learn people and communication skills, project and event management skills and organisational management.  These skills are valuable to gain at an early age and could provide future job opportunities or career advantages.

There is no discrete pathway into the sport, fitness and recreation sector. Careers can commence in many ways, depending on your ambitions, skills and interests. Most people progress into the sector via vocational education and training or a tertiary pathway. Others take on a traineeship, find an entry level job or become a volunteer.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a great option if you prefer learning in a practical environment. Combining a mix of theory and practice, VET courses are available at different levels from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma. Certificate II and III courses can be undertaken as school-based traineeships. School leavers can enrol in Certificate III to Diploma level courses depending on the particular training organisation and the student’s studies and experience.


These courses feature training that could lead you to being a fitness instructor, sport administrator, community recreation officer, sports coach, outdoor recreation leader or sport development officer.

You can do VET through a number of different avenues. VET through TAFE and private Registered Training Organisations includes traineeships, whole qualifications, short courses (parts of qualifications), and individual subjects or competencies. VET through secondary schools goes towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), as well as giving you an industry qualification when you finish school. VET through schools includes various level Certificate qualifications and part-time traineeships.

Tertiary (University) – In considering this option it is important to fully examine the qualification, exploring course entry requirements and the job opportunities after graduation.  University courses explore the theoretical aspects of a field and provide practical experience through industry placement subjects.

A few examples of available courses specifically targeted to fitness, sport and recreation include Bachelor Of Business (Sports Management), Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.


Traineeships – A sport, recreation or fitness traineeship offers real employment and formal training at the same time. Some traineeships come about through advertised jobs. Others are created through a willing applicant approaching an organisation and asking to be employed as a trainee.

Another option is to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider, a Registered Training Organisation or a Group Training Organisation and ask how they can help.

Employment – A full time, part time or casual job in the sport, recreation or fitness industry means a chance to build a career, network with new people and learn and do new things. Examples of entry-level positions include: retail assistant in a sports store, referee, administration assistant or an assistant outdoor recreation leader.


Volunteer & Community Work – There are a wide variety of organisations that depend on volunteers.  Volunteer work in sport and recreation is an excellent way of experiencing new challenges and learning about the industry.

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

Fitness Australia’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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