5 Most Popular Sporting Professions


There are so many different careers in sport that it can be difficult on deciding the right one for you. Scratch the surface and you’ll find there’s a diverse range of sporting careers on the table.

To give you a better idea of where your career could take you, here’s a rundown on our top five most popular sporting professions, as well as some of the sports courses you can take to help get you there!

1. Sports Development Officer

Want to make sport more accessible to everyone?

As a sports development officer, you’ll be tasked with organising activities, programs and projects to get more people involved in sport. Alongside all the planning, you’ll have a hand in budget management, administration tasks, marketing efforts, client liaison, progress monitoring and more.

Depending on your interests and experience, you could find work as a sports development officer in local health authorities, sports councils, universities and educational institutions, or sports governing bodies.

A sports development course is the easiest and fastest way to get into this career, as it will give you broad access to opportunities in coaching, marketing and even talent management.

2. Sports Coach

If you’ve got a knack for leading and inspiring others, as well as a passion for a particular sport, coaching could be your calling. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular sports jobs.

Whether you’re working at an elite level or for your local footy club, your main duties will include planning, organising and delivering a range of activities for individuals or teams. You’ll be involved in everything from tactics, techniques and performance enhancement, to advising on health and fitness, and taking on administrative and development tasks.

Depending on the sport you’re passionate about, as well as your level of experience, you could find coaching jobs in schools and universities, fitness centres, sports clubs, national governing bodies, sporting councils and other settings.

3. Personal Trainer

This job combines a love of fitness with a passion for helping people. It’s no surprise that a personal trainer is one of the most rewarding and popular sporting professions.

As a personal trainer, your role is to change lives for the better, helping clients achieve their individual health and fitness goals. You’ll work with people from all kinds of backgrounds, educating and inspiring them through effective programs and healthy habits and routines.

Becoming a personal trainer also allows you to build your own business, develop a niche in the industry and work with clients with similar goals to you.  

4. Sports Administrator

The sports industry is constantly growing. This means there is a continuous need for people to help carry out administrative tasks in a number of sports-related roles.

As a sports administrator, your opportunities are as varied as the tasks you’ll perform.

Depending on where your interests lie, you could find employment within schools, universities, sports clubs, fitness centres, professional and amateur teams, sports charities and not-for-profit organisations – just to name a few.

No matter what area of sports administration you go into, your job will essentially be to ensure everything runs as smooth as silk, from both an organisational and financial perspective.

5. Fitness Instructor

While personal trainers are more focused on helping people with their training, nutrition, overall wellbeing and personal goals, fitness instructors often work more with groups and are employed by gyms or fitness centres.

Being a fitness instructor, you’ll lead and motivate groups or individuals in exercise activities, strength training and stretching. This includes showing people how to use gym equipment correctly.

You’ll often write your own programmes, choose your own music, monitor progress and give advice about health and fitness. Not just limited to gyms and fitness centres, you can also find work in hospitals, universities, cruise ships, homes for the elderly and other settings.

Getting qualified

To break into one of these popular sports jobs, you’ll need the right qualifications under your belt.

With personalised support and expert trainers, we can help.

Our sports courses will give you the right skills, knowledge and experience to get your exciting career under way.

Interested in becoming a fitness instructor, group exercise instructor or gym instructor? Then our Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 is the perfect place to start. From here, you could enrol in our Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215, which is more geared towards becoming a personal trainer.

If you’re thinking about a sports development course, then it’s worth considering our sports development training! This training will also help you transition into roles in talent and venue management, marketing and coaching.

If you’re keen to know more about our sports courses, or what it takes to succeed in any of these popular professions, just get in touch with the Academy of Sport and we’ll be happy to chat about your options!