Sporting chance for a job in growing field
SPORT will need to be the career, not just a hobby, for 25,000 more people in the next five years, research shows.
Employment Department data forecasts a 26.5 per cent increase in sports and fitness workers in the five years to November, 2020 – from 94,400 in 2015 to 119,500 in 2020.
Most new jobs are forecast to be for fitness instructors or sport coaches, instructors and officials, with 10,800 new jobs projected in each category.
Another sports-centred career option is sports management, which TAFE international ambassador Roger Hooker says comes with travel perks.
Hooker, who has managed sporting events including the London 2012 Olympics, says aspiring sports managers should “go for it”.
“The Olympics, Commonwealth and other international competitions like the European Games are always filled with interesting and delicate political, economic and social dynamics, which makes the work interesting and challenging,” he says. “The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest shows on the planet. So it’s important to be well trained, hungry for success and passionate about what you do.”
Hooker has also managed the Queen’s Royal Ascot course and the royal race meeting. “More than 300,000 people attend over the five days of the royal race meeting, the Queen attends for all five days,” he says. “But you wouldn’t miss it for quids.”
AMBASSADOR: Roger Hooker managed events including the London Olympics.