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

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.

Tasks

  • maintaining a high degree of expertise in a particular sport
  • attending regular practice sessions and undertaking private training to maintain the required standard of fitness
  • deciding on strategies in consultation with coaches
  • assessing other competitors and conditions at venues
  • competing in sporting events
  • adhering to the rules and regulations associated with a specific sport
  • promoting water safety awareness and undertaking rescue of persons in difficulty in the water
  • undertaking sports promotional activities and television appearances

Job Titles

  • Footballer
  • Golfer
  • Jockey
  • Lifeguard
  • Other Sportspersons
  • Footballer

    Plays football professionally in competitions. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Australian Rules Footballer, Rugby League Footballer, Rugby Union Footballer, Soccer Player

  • Golfer

    Plays golf professionally in tournaments or as a resident professional, and organises golf-related activities. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Jockey

    Rides horses in competitive races, race trials, and in exercise. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Apprentice Jockey, Steeplechase Jockey

  • Lifeguard

    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.

  • Other Sportspersons

    Includes Athlete, Cricketer, Cyclist, Racing Driver, Surfer, Tennis Player

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 12,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 44.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • Unavailable Average full-time
  • 22 years Average age
  • 25.4% female Gender Share

The number of Sportspersons grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 12,300 in 2018 to 14,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Sportspersons work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44.9%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Age: The average age is 22 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (67.5%).
  • Gender: 25.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200810500
20099800
20108900
201112100
201210600
201311900
20148200
201511900
201614600
20179100
201812300
202314500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services75.0
Accommodation and Food Services9.7
Public Administration and Safety7.8
Education and Training4.1
Other Industries3.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSportspersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.531.6
VIC32.326.2
QLD12.519.7
SA8.56.7
WA9.510.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.61.1
ACT0.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSportspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1926.3-5.25.2
20-2441.2-9.99.9
25-3424.8-23.623.6
35-446.1-21.721.7
45-541.6-20.820.8
55-590.0-8.88.8
60-640.0-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Sportspersons who are motivated, have a positive attitude and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and Management

    74% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  2. English Language

    74% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Personnel and Human Resources

    68% Important

    Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Communications and Media

    66% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Analyzing Data or Information

    80% Important

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    79% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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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.

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