Sports Development Officers promote sports and skills development, and oversee the participation of young people and other special groups in sport.

    You usually need a formal qualification in sport development, sports science or sport and recreation to work as a Sports Development Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Sports Development Officers.

    Tasks

    • Coaches, trains and instructs sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities.
    • Plans and directs game strategies, develops play patterns and analyses game progress.
    • Motivates Sportspersons and supervises practice sessions.
    • Recruits players and other coaching staff.
    • Arranges entries into sporting competitions.
    • Promotes sports and skills development as well as overseeing the participation of young people in sport.
    • Officiates at sporting events to enforce rules and regulations, liaising with other officials when necessary.
    • Co-ordinates and directs swimming activities.

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    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Sports Development Officers

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 30 years Average age
    • 33% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sports Development Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Sports Development Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 30 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (29%).
    • Gender: 33% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Arts and Recreation Services64.7
    Education and Training19.3
    Public Administration and Safety8.6
    Administrative and Support Services2.3
    Other Industries5.1

    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 Development OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.731.6
    VIC20.825.6
    QLD23.520.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA11.910.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT1.81.0
    ACT2.61.9

    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 Development OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-198.6-5.05.0
    20-2420.4-9.39.3
    25-3431.7-22.922.9
    35-4418.7-22.022.0
    45-5412.7-21.621.6
    55-593.7-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    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 Development OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree35.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.5-21.121.1
    Year 1227.0-18.118.1
    Year 111.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in sport development, sports science or sport and recreation to work as a Sports Development Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Sports Development Officers.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with children check

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

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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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