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

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in a related field is needed to work as a Sports Coach, Instructor or Official. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • coaching, training and instructing sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities
    • planning and directing game strategies, developing play patterns and analysing game progress
    • motivating Sportspersons and supervising practice sessions
    • recruiting players and other coaching staff
    • arranging entries into sporting competitions
    • promoting sports and skills development, and overseeing the participation of young people in sport
    • officiating at sporting events to enforce rules
    • coordinating and directing sporting activities, and liaising with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport

    All Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 59,700 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 19% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 23 years Average age
    • 50% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 42,200 in 2014 to 59,700 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (19%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 23 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (56%).
    • Gender: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200930300
    201023500
    201134500
    201237100
    201341000
    201442200
    201544800
    201644600
    201739600
    201841100
    201959700
    202469200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training53.7
    Arts and Recreation Services36.3
    Public Administration and Safety3.4
    Other Services2.2
    Other Industries4.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.931.6
    VIC31.425.6
    QLD17.420.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA10.710.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1933.0-5.05.0
    20-2422.6-9.39.3
    25-3413.3-22.922.9
    35-4412.6-22.022.0
    45-5410.5-21.621.6
    55-593.5-9.09.0
    60-642.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.4-21.121.1
    Year 1238.3-18.118.1
    Year 118.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below16.4-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in a related field is needed to work as a Sports Coach, Instructor or Official. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    You may also need to be registered with the relevant sporting body.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • CPR certificate

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials who are reliable, caring, compassionate and empathetic, with the ability to provide good customer service.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and training

      69% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. English language

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and personal service

      60% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Administration and management

      55% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Psychology

      53% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      98% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Teamwork

      95% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    3. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Competition

      89% Important

      Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

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