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Sport plays such a big part of our own lives we may not realise you can make a career of it too. But people have more free time and disposable income along with greater awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, this means there’s more and more jobs in the sector. More courses are training people to work in sport or fitness, although education requirements vary across the sector. The sector offers opportunities for active, sporty people. As many of the roles involve training and guidance, it should appeal to outgoing people. Organisations such as sports teams and gyms have demand for many other skillsets, such as sales, marketing and management, offering several ways into the sector.

Skills

    physical fitness, developing relationships, time management, leadership, communication, empathy, one to one counselling, physical activity, education & training, teamwork, adaptability, initiative, persuasion,

Key Facts

43%
of the Irish population regularly participates in sport
57%
of those participating in sport receive coaching or training
12.4%
of the Irish popuulation engage in gym activities
500k
people are members of health and fitness clubs

Labour Market Information

In quarter 4 2018, there were approximately 26,979 employed in sport and fitness activities in Ireland.
No shortages have been identified in any occupations in this sector.

Career Interview Videos...

Hugh Cooney - Entrepeneur
Posted by Languages Connect

Hugh Cooney - Entrepeneur

Martin Dunn - Activities Manager
Posted by Careers Portal

Martin Dunn - Activities Manager

Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher
Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher

Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager
Posted by Careers Portal

Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager

College Course Videos...

Sport, Recreation and Exercise - Bray Institute of Further Education
Posted by Bray Institute of Further Education

Sport, Recreation and Exercise - Bray Institute of Further Education

Sports Coaching and Business Management  - Institute of Technology Carlow
Posted by Institute of Technology Carlow

Sports Coaching and Business Management - Institute of Technology Carlow

Sports, Exercise and Enterprise DK763 - Dundalk Institute of Technology - DKIT
Posted by Dundalk Institute of Technology - DKIT

Sports, Exercise and Enterprise DK763 - Dundalk Institute of Technology - DKIT

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