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Sport Development

Careers in sport development

As a Sports Development Officer, you will work to increase the participation of young people in sport through promotion, development and co-ordination of sports and recreation programs.

You will create programs, services and initiatives that address equity, social justice and community issues and oversee their delivery including marketing, administration and financial management.  Your role may include research or coaching.

Potential workplaces range from public to private organisations such as local and state government agencies, schools, professional sporting bodies, hospital and medical clinics, health and recreation centres, or large business organisations.  

You have a strong interest in sport and recreation and are prepared to travel and work irregular hours and enjoy interacting with a diverse range of people.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in sport development:

  • Strong observational skills, including attention to detail and accuracy
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Good at written and oral communication
  • Interpersonal skills

Related roles include:

  • Sports coach
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports scientist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sports official
  • Sports management consultant
  • Records manager
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for sport development at Graduate Careers Australia.

You can look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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