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

    You can work as a Sportsperson without formal qualifications, however, advanced sporting skill is needed.

    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

    All Sportspersons

    • $1,548 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,300 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 39% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 23 years Average age
    • 25% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sportspersons (in their main job) 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 medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Sportspersons work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,548 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (39%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 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: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsSportspersonsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15481460

    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 Services67.9
    Public Administration and Safety14.5
    Education and Training7.4
    Accommodation and Food Services3.3
    Other Industries6.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSportspersonsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.431.6
    VIC30.525.6
    QLD18.920.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA10.110.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSportspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1919.8-5.05.0
    20-2436.5-9.39.3
    25-3422.5-22.922.9
    35-449.3-22.022.0
    45-546.8-21.621.6
    55-592.7-9.09.0
    60-641.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationSportspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV16.0-21.121.1
    Year 1248.2-18.118.1
    Year 116.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Sportsperson without formal qualifications, however, advanced sporting skill is needed.

    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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    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.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      62% Skill level

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

    2. Personnel and Human Resources

      60% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

    3. Education and Training

      56% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      53% Skill level

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

    5. Sales and Marketing

      53% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and 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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Work With Work Group or Team

      89% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    3. Level of Competition

      89% Important

      To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

    4. Contact With Others

      86% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Impact of Decisions

      84% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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