Finding a job in sport

From chiropractors to sports journalists, agents to coaches, the sports industry offers a wide range of interesting and exciting career opportunities.

If you are passionate about sport, a career in the sporting industry could be perfect for you. Not all of us are lucky, talented or dedicated enough to make it as a professional sportsperson, but the industry offers plenty of other career opportunities that are suited to a wide range of interests and skills.

Coaching

Those who can’t, teach (or so the saying goes) – so if you know your sport inside out, are tactically aware, have excellent organisational skills, and are great at motivating people, a career in coaching could be the right move for you. After all, it’s the next best thing to actually competing yourself.

A coach’s role is pretty varied and, as well as getting players or individuals ready to compete, can include elements such as teaching skills, developing strategies and recruiting players. To pursue a career in coaching, you will usually need accredited coaching qualifications. Additional qualifications in subjects such as physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology will help to add another string to your bow.

Medical

Sports people are, unsurprisingly, prone to injury and, when they do get injured, they need someone who can get them back to full fitness quickly. As such, there are lots of opportunities in the sporting industry for medics, physiotherapists and chiropractors.

SIn order to apply for physiotherapy, medical and chiro jobs, you need to be scientifically minded with recognised qualifications and experience in your chosen area. As well as working for a specific sports team or organisation, there is also the opportunity to work for yourself by setting up your own chiropractic or physiotherapist business.

Commercial

This category covers an extremely wide range of sports-related jobs – including marketing managers, events organisers, project managers, accountants, business development executives, and sports agents. The list is almost endless, so you are sure to find something that fits your interests. The skills and qualifications needed will depend on the specific role, but a good head for business and experience in a relevant area is sure to stand you in good stead.

Media

If you have strong communication skills and a good nose for a story, you might want to consider a career in the sports media. This could involve being a sports writer or journalist, being a sports photographer or working in sports broadcasting (either behind the scenes or in front of the camera). Working in the media will often get you access to sporting events and you may even get to interview your sporting heroes! Unsurprisingly, these types of roles are very competitive and you will need experience, talent and perseverance in order to succeed.

Health and fitness

The health and fitness sector is a fast-growing industry, with new gyms and sports centres opening all the time. This trend has resulted in the creation of many career opportunities, particularly for fitness instructors and personal trainers. To be a personal trainer you will need to be qualified (with a sports science-related degree and / or other more specific qualifications) and accredited, along with being energetic and possessing great people skills. It’s a flexible and varied career, with opportunities to work in an established gym, or set up your own business.

As you can see, the sports industry offers plenty of opportunities, wherever your interests may lie. So whether you love the science, the people, the tactics or the story, you are sure find a role in the industry that is right for you.