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

Most jobs in this group require 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. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Sports Development Officers usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest education level. Registration or licensing is required for most of these jobs.

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

Job Titles

  • Diving Instructor (Open Water)
  • Gymnastics Coach or Instructor
  • Horse Riding Coach or Instructor
  • Snowsport Instructor
  • Swimming Coach or Instructor
  • Tennis Coach
  • Other Sports Coach or Instructor
  • Dog or Horse Racing Official
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Umpire or Referee
  • Other Sports Official
  • Diving Instructor (Open Water)

    Trains and instructs recreational or commercial open water divers in diving techniques, safety and the correct use of diving equipment. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Dive Master, Scuba Instructor, Snorkelling Instructor, Surface Supply Breathing Apparatus (SSBA) Instructor

  • Gymnastics Coach or Instructor

    Coaches gymnastics. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Callisthenics Instructor, Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach

  • Horse Riding Coach or Instructor

    Coaches horse riding. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Dressage Instructor, Polo Coach, Show Jumping Instructor

  • Snowsport Instructor

    Coaches snow skiing, snowboarding or other snowsports. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Skiing Instructor, Snowboarding Instructor

  • Swimming Coach or Instructor

    Coaches swimming. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Diving Coach, Learn to Swim Instructor

  • Tennis Coach

    Coaches tennis. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Other Sports Coach or Instructor

    Coaches other sports. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Basketball Coach, Cricket Coach, Football Coach, Martial Arts Instructor, Sports Trainer, Windsurfing Instructor

  • Dog or Horse Racing Official (also called Race Steward)

    Coordinates and directs horse or dog racing activities, and liaises with other officials to interpret and enforce racing rules and regulations. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Handicapper (Racing)

  • Sports Development Officer

    Promotes sports and skills development, and oversees the participation of young people and other special groups in sport. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Sports Umpire or Referee

    Officiates at sporting events, such as netball, hockey, football, basketball, cricket, boxing and wrestling matches, by interpreting and enforcing match rules. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Linesperson (Sport)

  • Other Sports Official

    Coordinates and directs sporting activities, and liaises with other officials to interpret and enforce sporting rules and regulations. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Timekeeper (Sports)

Fast Facts

  • $944 Weekly Pay
  • 39,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 19.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.7 hours Average full-time
  • 22 years Average age
  • 51.0% female Gender Share

The number of Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 39,700 in 2018 to 47,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 28,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $944 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (19.6%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 22 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (54.3%).
  • Gender: 51% 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
200824600
200930400
201023500
201134600
201237200
201341600
201441900
201544900
201643900
201740100
201839700
202347800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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.
EarningsSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9441230

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)
Education and Training51.9
Arts and Recreation Services43.0
Other Services1.4
Public Administration and Safety1.2
Other Industries2.5

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.
StateSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.231.6
VIC29.826.2
QLD19.319.7
SA5.76.7
WA15.510.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.61.1
ACT3.11.8

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 BracketSports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1935.1-5.25.2
20-2419.2-9.99.9
25-3411.8-23.623.6
35-4414.2-21.721.7
45-5412.2-20.820.8
55-593.9-8.88.8
60-641.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the 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 Certificate2.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree17.8-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.1-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.4-18.918.9
Year 1232.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1017.2-17.717.7
Below Year 103-8.18.1

Most occupations in this group require 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. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Sports Development Officers usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest education level. Registration or licensing is required for most of these occupations.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    83% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    80% Important

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

  3. English Language

    80% Important

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

  4. Psychology

    71% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  5. Administration and Management

    68% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

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

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    92% Important

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

  2. Coaching and Developing Others

    91% Important

    Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping others to improve.

  3. Training and Teaching Others

    86% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    80% Important

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

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    78% Important

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

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