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Sportspersons participate in sporting events for monetary gain either as individuals or as members of a team.
Plays football professionally in competitions. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Australian Rules Footballer, Rugby League Footballer, Rugby Union Footballer, Soccer Player
Plays golf professionally in tournaments or as a resident professional, and organises golf-related activities. Registration or licensing is required.
Rides horses in competitive races, race trials, and in exercise. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Apprentice Jockey, Steeplechase Jockey
Looks after the safety of people at beaches or swimming pools through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety. Registration or licensing is required.
Includes Athlete, Cricketer, Cyclist, Racing Driver, Surfer, Tennis Player
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 8,000 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 9,000. Around 5,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Even with a qualification, further on-the-job training is needed. A high levels of physical fitness, sporting ability and personal commitment is important. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Sportspersons who are motivated, have a positive attitude and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2021.00 - Athletes and Sports Competitors.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
What results do your decisions have on other people?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.