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Fitness, Recreation & Sport Jobs


Want a great sports job, or a career in the fitness industry or outdoor recreation? Our Active Job Descriptions cover careers in sport, fitness and recreation.

Whether you’re looking for jobs in fitness as a instructor, want to become a sports coach, or are seeking a role in sports administration, our sport jobs descriptions explain everything you need to know about your career in the sports and fitness industry —from salary expectations to qualifications to the growth projections of that role in the jobs market. 

Read on to find out about how to plan your sports career path for a job as an outdoor guide, exercise physiologist, professional sportsperson…and more! There are so many exciting jobs in the sporting industry, fitness industry, and outdoor recreation! 

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Overview

Fitness Instructors direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in the pursuit of physical fitness and wellbeing.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,126
FULL-TIME SHARE – 29%
FEMALE SHARE – 60%

SPORTS COACH, INSTRUCTOR AND OFFICIAL

Overview

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials coach, train and instruct participants in sports, and officiate at sporting events.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,254
FULL-TIME SHARE – 19%
FEMALE SHARE – 50%

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Overview

Sports Development Officers promote sports and skills development and oversee the participation of young people and other special groups in sport.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 65%
FEMALE SHARE – 33%

SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR

Overview

Sports administrators manage clubs, academies, associations or organisations that are involved in sporting or recreational activities.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 77%
FEMALE SHARE – 41%

SPORTS CENTRE MANAGER

Overview

Sports Centre Managers manage sports centres.

Job titles include: Fitness Centre Manager, Sports Centre Manager, Aquatic Centre Manager, Golf Course Manager, Indoor Sports Centre Manager, Squash Centre Manager, Stadium Manager, Ten Pin Bowling Centre Manager, Tennis Centre Manager

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 69%
FEMALE SHARE – 42%

FACILITIES ADMINISTRATOR

Overview

Facilities Administrators provide assistance to ensure the day-to-day smooth operation of a building’s infrastructure, through administrative support, including budgeting, procurement negotiation, contractor liaison and documentation, as well as coordination of staff and office equipment during relocation, and at times, supervision and physical assistance with maintenance tasks.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STABLE
WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,383
FULL-TIME SHARE – 84%
FEMALE SHARE – 39%

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

Overview

Exercise Physiologists assess, plan and implement exercise programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis, and assist in restoring optimal physical function, and health and wellness.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – VERY STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – $2094
FULL-TIME SHARE – 66%
FEMALE SHARE – 52%

OUTDOOR RECREATION GUIDE

Overview

Outdoor Recreation Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and white-water rafting.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – VERY STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,264
FULL-TIME SHARE – 57%
FEMALE SHARE – 37%

OUTDOOR RECREATION INSTRUCTOR

Overview

Instructs and guides individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bicycle touring, bushwalking, canoeing, caving, cross country skiing, horse trekking, rafting, rock climbing and sailing.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – VERY STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS -N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 59%
FEMALE SHARE – 41%

SWIMMING COACHES AND INSTRUCTORS

Overview

Swimming Coaches or Instructors coach, train and instruct participants in swimming by analysing their performances and developing their abilities.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 8%
FEMALE SHARE – 74%

RECREATION OFFICERS

Overview

Recreation Officers plan, organise and coordinate recreation facilities and programs through organisations such as local governments, schools, church bodies and youth organisations.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – VERY STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,374
FULL-TIME SHARE – 53%
FEMALE SHARE – 62%

LIFEGUARDS

Overview

Pool Lifeguards look after the safety of people at beaches and swimming pools, through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety.  

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – N/A
FULL-TIME SHARE – 17%
FEMALE SHARE – 38%

SPORTSPERSON

Overview

Sportspersons participate in sporting events for monetary gain either as individuals or as members of a team.

Snapshot

FUTURE GROWTH – STRONG
WEEKLY EARNINGS – $1,548
FULL-TIME SHARE – 39%
FEMALE SHARE – 25%

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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