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Sport, Fitness and Recreation

Overview

This industry covers sport and fitness, as well as community and outdoor recreation.  It can involve community groups, government and the private sector.

What does this industry cover?

  • Sport
  • Fitness 
  • Community recreation 
  • Outdoor recreation

Industry Information

Businesses include not-for-profits, government bodies and commercial enterprises that range from large companies down to sole traders like personal trainers.

There are 14,700 businesses operating in the sport, fitness and recreation sectors as at June 2016. Almost half of these (7,000) are sole operators.

118,000 people work in the sport, fitness and recreation sectors as at November 2015 and this is projected to rise by 18% to 139,000 by November 2020.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements are low in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to March 2018: 1811

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 26/09/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Community Activities Assistant

Sport & Recreation Administrative Officer

Fitness Trainer

Pool Lifeguard

Customer Service Assistant  

Recreation Officer

Group Exercise Instructor

Swimming Instructor

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Sport, Recreation, Hair, Beauty & Services 

Work Type

Nature & Recreation

Persuading & Service 

Helping & Advising

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Career Pathways

Sport, Fitness and Recreation has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • AustSwim Australia  
  • Australian Leisure Facilities Association
  • YMCA
  • Royal Life Saving Society of Australia
  • Fitness Australia
  • Outdoor Council of Australia
  • Park and Leisure Australia
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Women Sport Australia

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