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Sport is focused on formal organised competition. The opportunities for employment within sport cover many different fields including coaching & officiating, promotions & events, professional athletes and sports administration. It is an extremely dynamic business environment and competition for jobs can be tough.

Most sport jobs are based around nonprofit sporting clubs and associations that run formal organised competitions and events. These days it’s big business. Key roles include coaching, athlete support services, sports administration, event management, sports development and if you are talented enough, for a few sports, participation as a professional athlete. Clubs are always looking for volunteers, which is a great way to gain experience and knowledge, and can lead to paid employment.

For more information on occupations, related job tasks and work environment characteristics visit the sites below:

Job Role

  • Sport Coach
  • Professional Athlete
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Game Development Officer
  • Talent Development Coordinator
  • Competition Manager
  • Sports Administrator
  • Talent Development Manager
  • Sports Equipment Sales
  • Sports Official
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Team Manager
  • Event Coordinator/ Assistant
  • Venue Manager


  • Certificate I in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

Training Options

All qualifications in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package are suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. A Sport, Fitness or Recreation traineeship (also called an Australian Apprenticeship) offers you employment and formal training at the same time. You can seek traineeships through advertised jobs or by approaching an organisation and asking to be employed as a trainee. Your chances will be increased if you have a history of participation or volunteering for that group. You can also contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre or speak with your school career counsellor. For more information visit

To see a list of SA Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who are approved to deliver sport, recreation and fitness qualifications click HERE.
Please visit each of the RTOs websites to find out what qualifications they deliver and if they have an office in South Australia.

If you are still at school you can start your retail career through VET in SACE. For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills 

  • Active
  • Outgoing personality
  • Good communication skills
  • Satisfaction from helping others succeed
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Motivational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Good presentation


Entry into the Industry 

There are a number of entry-level positions within the industry. They include roles such as a retail assistant in equipment stores, referees and umpires, administration assistant, community activities assistant, facility maintenance and outdoor activity assistant. Many of these roles offer you the chance to network with new people, learn and do new things and build a career path.

Even if there are no paid work opportunities, a wide variety of organisations depend upon volunteers. Volunteer work in sport, fitness and recreation is an excellent way of experiencing new challenges and learning about the industry. Many people use volunteering as a stepping stone to employment.


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General Career Links
SA Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services

Industry Links

Athletics SA
Office for Recreation and Sport > Career tab

If you are looking for a particular sporintg club in SA try visiting the Sport SA website and have a look at their current list of members. 

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