The South Australian sport and recreation industry employs 6,000 people, which is around 0.8% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry work in a fitness centre.

Most of the jobs are in the metropolitan area, but there are also opportunities in the Adelaide Hills.

Job openings for skilled workers

Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Manager

Fitness Instructor

Sports Coach, Instructor and Official

Quick facts about this industry

  • More than half of the workers are part-time.
  • Most people do not have a qualification, but if you want to get ahead a qualification is highly recommended.
  • There are slightly more men than women in this industry.
  • People are generally younger than those working in other industries.
  • To work in this industry you need to be physically fit and have an outgoing personality and good communication skills.
  • Sports centre managers can earn between $1,000 and $1,250 per week, while most fitness instructors average between $400 and $800 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Sport and recreation

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate III – Diploma in Fitness
  • Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation
  • Certificates I – IV in Sport and Recreation
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Human movement
  • Sport and recreation management
  • Sport science
  • Physiotherapy

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information on South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Sports administrators manage sports clubs or associations, including promoting their sport, obtaining corporate sponsorship and refining the rules and structure of their sport.

Fitness instructors assess, teach, train and supervise people in health and fitness clubs, gymnasiums, sports centres and community recreation organisations. They may specialise in fields such as aerobics, aqua-fitness, personal training, exercise for specific groups (such as older people), resistance training or swimming.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Outdoor adventure leader, lifeguard, recreation officer, sports development officer, sports officials or sportsperson.

Related industries for these occupations

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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