What’s it all about?
Sport is one of our nations greatest passions that grips millions of people every day into following, dreaming and talking about their favorite breath taking moments. A career in sport can take many shapes that range from management, financial services, development and fitness. This industry is a culture in itself that allows yourself to be surrounded by like minded individuals to collectively drive forward players, teams or codes.
This industry stems from the roots of club level sport all the way up to international world cup events, giving you endless opportunities to pursue a career that is tailored around your interests.
Will it suit me?
- Are you prepared to work hard in a team environment?
- Are you prepared be self motivated?
- Are you passionate about sports or people?
- Do you work well with others?
- Are you committed and willing to work in a challenging setting?
- Answer yes to these questions and you should keep reading about sports!
What will I learn?
Depending on what you want to study, the different courses will offer different outcomes, to get started in this career you can choose between 3 different pathways that include either a Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor Degree.
- Certificate (Fitness) – This course will give you the skills and knowledge in a range of activities within the Fitness industry such as personal training. This course should also provide you the knowledge of owning and operating a successful business.
- Certificate (Sports) – There are courses specific to individual fields such as Sport development, Sport Recreation and Career Oriented Participation (Course for athletes). A certificate in these fields will give you the fundamental skills to enter the workforce or pursue further education from anywhere between maintenance to player management.
- Diploma (Management) – This course will give you the skillset to engage and manage others in an industry or organisational setting.
- Diploma (Sport Development) – This gives you a more in depth understanding of the skills needed to enter a career in ports development that vary from managing competitions to identifying & developing athletes.
- Bachelor of business (Sports Management) – This provides a comprehensive understanding of the sports industry, giving you the skills to effectively engage in numerous facets of business and management. This course allows you to broaden your options in entering the workforce.
How long will the course last?
- Certificate – Full time study load: 1 year
- Diploma – Full time study load: 1 year
- Bachelor Degree – Full time study load: 2-3 Years
What will I earn?
Minimum average wage:
- Sports Facility Director: $50,000 p.a. (Gyms etc.) – $100,000 (Universities etc.) p.a.
- Sports Agent: $60,000 p.a. – $150,000+ p.a. (Commission based)
- Program Director: $50,000 p.a.
- Athlete Trainer: $40,000 p.a.
What careers will there be for me?
A career path in the sports industry can lead you in many different directions that follow many different pathways. Whether you are behind the scenes running the business or financial side of things or you are in the thick of it managing clients and teams there are numerous positions you could find yourself shining in. Some common roles include:
- Competition Coordinator
- Sports Development Officer
- Talent Development Coordinator
- Grounds Assistant
- Client Manager
- Exercise Trainer
What is Fee-Help or HECS?
Did you know the FEE-HELP / HECS scheme allows you to study now and pay for a course later? The great thing about FEE-HELP / HECS is that you don’t have to make any re-payments until you have a job and your income reaches a certain level, which for the 2014 / 15 income year is $53,345.