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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...

Luke Drea - Event Rider
Posted by Teagasc

Luke Drea - Event Rider

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

Mary Joyce - Secondary School Teacher

Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer
Posted by Careers Portal

Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer

Martin Dunn - Activities Manager
Posted by Careers Portal

Martin Dunn - Activities Manager

College Course Videos...

Physiotherapy DN420 - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Physiotherapy DN420 - University College Dublin - UCD

Sports Performance  - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
Posted by Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Sports Performance - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT

Sport and Exercise Sciences LM089  - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Sport and Exercise Sciences LM089 - University of Limerick