Careers in sport and recreation
A comprehensive overview of the careers and courses available in Western Australia.
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If ever there was a diverse, challenging and rewarding industry, sport and recreation would be near the top of the list. With a range of pathways, the sector offers a range of careers that impact positively on people's lives by contributing to their health and wellbeing in addition to building stronger, happier, healthier and safer communities.
Ranging from Medical Doctors, to Facility Managers and Lifeguards, there is something to suit a wide variety of interests and skills, with entry through a growing number of courses, from private training organisations to university.
Right now there's never been a better time to start planning a future in the industry as there are a range of factors that are contributing to a steady demand for skilled professionals.
Diversity in sport and recreation
A career in the sport and recreation industry involves working with a range of different individuals including those that may come from different backgrounds and or situations than that of yours. These individuals may include people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups and people with a disability.
People with a disability are becoming involved in sport and recreation at an increasing rate, from grass roots participation to elite sport (Paralympics). This provides a range of opportunities for sport professionals to fast track their careers and gain valuable experience within the area of disability sport and recreation at all levels. As these new opportunities arise there is a demand for Sports Administrators, Sports Managers, Coaches, Officials to fill these exciting roles. It is important to note that all positions listed in this document in the areas of sport and recreation industry sections are also relevant career options in disability sport and recreation. In addition to these roles, there are also specific disability sport jobs primarily in the area of sport development that focus solely on creating sport and recreation participation opportunities for people with a disability.
Careers in teaching
A career in teaching whether it be in primary or secondary, requires an enthusiastic and patient person who has good communication skills and enjoys sport and recreation. Teaching roles include; Physical Education Teacher, Personal Development Teacher, Health and Physical Education Teacher and Outdoor Education. Teachers instruct students in sports, recreational activities and healthy lifestyle issues, in order to encourage and develop physical fitness and skills, self-esteem and interpersonal skills. A career in teaching requires a relevant bachelor degree as a minimum.
Sport and recreation sector career paths and tertiary courses
The career pathways in the sport and recreation sector and the tertiary courses available are outlined in this download.