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 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...

Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager
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Orla Gallagher - Spa Manager

Martin Dunn - Activities Manager
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Martin Dunn - Activities Manager

Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer
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Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer

Luke Drea - Event Rider
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Luke Drea - Event Rider

College Course Videos...

Sport  - Galway Technical Institute
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Sport - Galway Technical Institute

Sports Management & Personal Training  - Pearse College
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Sports Management & Personal Training - Pearse College

Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy AL841  - Athlone Institute of Technology
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Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy AL841 - Athlone Institute of Technology