Sport­ing chance for a job in grow­ing field

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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.

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