01 Dec Careers in Sport – Is working in the sports and recreation industry for you?
Considering careers in Sport?
Careers In Sport
Sport & Exercise Scientists work with athletes and sportspeople, focussing on their health and welfare. They aim to improve the performance of the team or person by creating a training regime. Sports scientists work with patients recovering from injury to get them physically fit again. They also looks at methods of injury prevention for their patients. Some sport and exercise scientist work in the field of sports equipment design, helping to maximise the benefit and minimise the chances of injury when using equipment. They not only love sport but understand the human body and how it works when doing physical exercise. To become a sport and exercise scientist a degree in sport and exercise science or human movement is required. You may also become a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia is you study an approved degree.
Being a martial arts instructor is not something you can suddenly become. It takes year of practice and expertise in your chosen martial art to gain the highest level possible yourself before you can look to instruct people in it. Much like school teachers, martial arts instructors create lesson plans for the their group. They go through a warm up with the class and then break down each routine into teachable steps for students to learn. An important part of any martial art is the beliefs and traditions behind it and students are expected to know and learn these from their instructor. Instructors monitor student progress and test students when appropriate. Health and safety is very important, as there is always some risk involved with martial arts. Students must be made aware of safety issues and procedures. There is coaching accreditation available for martial arts instructors through the National Martial Arts Instructors Accreditation Scheme and through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme run by the Australian Sports Commission.
Wedding planners are becoming more the norm. Most still want their big day to be a big day. People have very little free time and generally a little more cash to spend, making using a wedding planner an obvious choice now. Planners talk with the couple to understand what it is they want for their wedding. They then research venues and suppliers, get quotes and agree contract, making sure they adhere to the budget they’ve been set. On the day, wedding planners set up the venue, make sure everyone is where they’re meant to be and then run the event so it all goes to plan. They need to be extremely organised and multitask well. They also need to be good with people, weddings are stressful and people can be emotional so a reassuring nature is important. Vitally planners need to think on their feet and solve any problems that arise quickly and discretely, all with a smile on their face. To become a wedding planner there’s no set qualifications, although there are private courses which you can do now. Often planners come from an event management or hospitality background.
Recreation officers are sometimes known as outdoor activities instructors. They organise and lead leisure and outdoor activities, and sports events for local communities and groups. They may take people skiing, kayaking or climbing for example, or run indoor soccer or bowling tournaments in leisure or community centres or aged care facilities. They must ensure the safety of the group at all times and clearly explain any rules or procedures to prevent injury. Recreation officers need to check any necessary permissions for the group, look at weather conditions and safety equipment required, and modify activities for specific groups as necessary. Officers need to be physically fit and a good leader. They need to inspire confidence in their participants and be patient with people learning a new skill. A first aid certificate and a driving licence is required to be a recreation officer. Most have a degree or VET in sport and leisure, outdoor recreation, sports development or sport and exercise science.
Sports administrator’s are the people behind the scenes that run clubs, associations and sporting academies. They promote the club or organisation to get sponsorship, arrange sporting events and liaise with local and national sporting bodies. The administrator manages budgets and club finances, as well as developing a business plan for the organisation. They may look at improving and maintaining club facilities for members and schedule necessary works. Sports administrators need to be passionate about their sport and promote actively. They must be very organised with business management and administrative skills. To become a sports administrator usually a degree in sports management or sports development is required.
These are just a few options for careers in sport. Sport and recreation jobs offers a wide range of roles and brings with it the chance to work with a diverse group of people in many different locations.