For some sports lovers, it’s a dream to one day hit the big time and hear their name called out by a stadium full of fans.
But unfortunately, not everyone who wants to become a pro athlete will make it.
If you have a passion for sports and want to make a career out of what you love, then this article is perfect for you! Trust us, there are plenty of opportunities available that relate to the field of sports.
Here are our picks for the best jobs if you love sports.
As a sports coach, your job is to guide teams and athletes to achieve their full potential. Not only that, you need to organise training sessions, prepare for upcoming matches and take care of the wellbeing of athletes.
You can become a sports coach without any formal qualification. But it’s recommended that you study a relevant degree or certificate in sports such as fitness, sports science, sports development or management.
Each sport has its own qualification requirements, so it’s important to do your research and look into any qualification you might need.
As a sports journalist, your job is to cover news about sporting events, teams, fans or athletes. Your role might involve interviewing teams or fans and report on the outcome of sports events.
As a sports journalist, you can work in a variety of different media such as radio, TV, print or social media. The choices are endless.
It’s estimated that the Australian journalism industry will grow strongly over the next 5 years from 39,700 to 47,800 by the year 2023.
If you want to become a sports journalist, you’ll need a degree in journalism, English or communications. Having the right qualification will give you the best chance of achieving your career goals.
Referees and umpires
As a ref or umpire, it’s your job to understand the game, call out violations and decide on penalties. You’re also in charge of keeping track of the time and enforcing the rules.
If you want to become a referee or umpire you first need to choose the sport you want to officiate.
Once you figure that out, you will need to complete a qualification and/or program depending on the sport. Do your research and look into programs in your local area.
Through ongoing training and experience, you can then advance to officiating professional games.
If you have a love for photography and sports, then you might think about combining the two passions and becoming a sports photographer.
As a sports photographer, your job is to capture amazing moments at live sporting events and take photos of athletes, teams, and fans.
Being a sports photographer is your golden ticket to front row seats at sporting events. You can be employed as the official team photographer or you can freelance and sell your photos to media outlets and publishers.
The industry is expected to grow over the next 5 years with an estimated 9,000 new job openings.
If you want to become a sports photographer, here’s what you need to do. Start studying the basics, a degree in photography isn’t essential but you need to know the key principles and techniques including equipment, editing, and composition.
There are lots of courses out there, both face-to-face and online. Do your research and find out what courses are available in your area.
Once you have the skills you need, start building your portfolio of examples of your work. You’ll need this when applying for jobs.
As a physiotherapist, you need to be an expert in the human body and movement. Your job is to treat a range of conditions like sports injuries and other health illnesses that affect movement. You’ll be responsible for diagnosing, treating and planning your patients’ recoveries.
Over the next 5 years, there are expected to be around 13,000 physio jobs opening around Australia.
If you want to become a physio you will need to complete a degree in physiotherapy and become registered with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).
If you want to take it one step further, sports physiotherapy is a specialised field that focuses on injuries and rehabilitation specifically related to sports and athletes.
If you’re interested in becoming a sports physio you have to either complete an APA-approved Masters course or show evidence of working in the field for a number of years.
If uni isn’t your thing, then an alternative to physiotherapy is sports massage therapy.
Sports massage therapists treat and prevent sports injuries through different forms of massage and muscle manipulation.
This form of massage helps athletes avoid injury, improve performance and reduce recovery time.
The industry is expect to grow very strong over the next 5 years and there are likely to be 15,000 new job openings.
If you want to become a sports massage therapist, you will need to complete a certificate IV in massage therapy.
Volunteering and casual jobs
If you’re not sure a job in the sporting industry is right for you, or not sure you want it as a full-time gig, there are lots of other opportunities to test the waters with volunteering or casual jobs. Consider these other options to get started:
- Volunteering at local sports games is a great way to get involved and feel part of the action.
- Get a casual job working at a stadium or sporting event. There are heaps of options ranging from security guards through to bar staff.
- Volunteer or apply for a job at special events such as the Commonwealth Games, City to Surf, or local fun runs.
Do you want to work in the sporting industry? Share your dream job in the comments below.
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