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.


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

Key Facts

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

Labour Market Information

In quarter 4 2017, there were approximatly 25,000 employed in sport and fitness activities in Ireland. The vacancy data indicates that job opportunities exist for fitness instructors, although no shortages have been identified in this or any other occupations in this sector.

Career Interview Videos...

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Hugh Cooney - Entrepeneur

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Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher

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Luke Drea - Event Rider

Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager
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Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager

College Course Videos...

Sport  - Galway Technical Institute
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Sport - Galway Technical Institute

Sport & Performance - University College Dublin - UCD
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Sport & Performance - University College Dublin - UCD

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Hospitality Tourism and Leisure - TU Dublin - Dublin City