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Sport and Fitness

Love exercise and want to have an impact on the health of the nation? A career within the sports or fitness industry offers plenty of variety and opportunities not to take life sitting down.

What type of person would this job suit?

  • You need to be passionate about sport and/or exercise
  • Be a great leader and communicator, who motivates, inspires and mentors
  • Recognises diversity and practises inclusion, to work with people of all ages and abilities
  • Have good organisational and time management skills in order to be effective in limited time slots
  • Able to work on your own and as part of a team
  • Excellent customer service and social skills to build positive relationships and team mentality

Industries where you could find sports and fitness workers:

  • Sport (professional and other)
  • Aquatic and Community Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Fitness and Training
  • Health


Whether you’re devoted to one sport, or you just envision a career being active, the sports and fitness industry is worth considering.  There’s a huge number of career options, career pathways, and opportunities for change and progression to explore.

Getting a degree from uni could set you up with professional careers such as sports physio, PE teacher, or slipping into a marketing or management position.

However, starting with a VET qualification is also an option, that could qualify you for entry to careers such as a fitness instructor or swimming coach. You can start earning and gaining work experience, before deciding if you’d like to pursue other qualifications.

Study a Bachelor of Fitness at VU and personalise it by incorporating modules from personal training and group fitness, to management and marketing.

Or go after a more specific degree like a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at UniSA  that could qualify you to apply for careers like exercise scientist, physical training specialist, or strength conditioning coach.

The Cert III in Fitness from TAFE Queensland is a good example of an introductory course that could get you started. You can even study some of the courses online.


Fitness Instructor

Certificate III or IV

Fitness instructors are primarily employed as gym or group instructors in a fitness or leisure facility.

You might be designing fitness programs, leading classes, or individually training clients.

You could expect to earn $44,000 per year at this level.


Health Club Instructor and Personal Trainer – Boroondara, VIC

Group Fitness Instructor – Shepparton

Fitness Centre / Gym Manager

Diploma in Fitness

You could find yourself working at health authorities, private fitness clubs, hotel and leisure groups, educational institutions and corporate fitness centres.

You might be in charge of recruiting, training and supervising staff. Dealing with rosters, customer complaints and enquiries. Doing administrative duties, promoting and marketing the business. Maintaining equipment and keeping records, as well as creating reports and ensuring compliance in all areas.

The average salary scale for this job ranges from $40,000 – $65,000 per year, but it could be more depending on your location, experience, and the size of the business.


Club Manager – Langwarrin, VIC

Senior Gym Manager – Redcliffe, WA

Sports Coach


Formal qualifications are not essential, but are often desirable, so a diploma or degree could be a great way to advance your career.

Sports Coaches or Instructors will coach, analyse performance, identify sport strengths and problem areas, train, and instruct competitors, or teams, and develop their abilities.

Coaches may choose to specialise in one sport, such as basketball coach, cricket coach, football coach, swimming coach, sports trainer, windsurfing instructor and more.

The average salary for a coach could be between $50,000 – $77,000, but is really varied – depending on the sport, club, and level of profession.


Strength & Conditioning Coach – Sydney, NSW

Senior & Junior Sports Coaches – Yandina, QLD

Sports Physiotherapist

Degree in Physiotherapy

Help people to recover from injuries, or conditions like chronic pain, using physical activity.

Sports physiotherapists could work in a variety of settings, including clinics, sports organisations, and private practices.

You could expect to an average salary of $75,000 at this level.


Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist – Sydney, NSW

Graduate Physiotherapist Program – Collie, WA

Growth in this booming industry is very strong and expected to remain so.

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