Sport Coaching – Employment Statistics

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials coach, train and instruct participants in sports, and officiate at sporting events. Job tasks include:

  • coaching, training and instructing sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities
  • planning and directing game strategies, developing play patterns and analysing game progress
  • motivating Sportspersons and supervising practice sessions
  • recruiting players and other coaching staff
  • arranging entries into sporting competitions
  • promoting sports and skills development, and overseeing the participation of young people in sport
  • officiating at sporting events to enforce rules
  • coordinating and directing sporting activities, and liaising with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport

The number of people working as Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 39,700 in 2018 to 47,800 by 2023. Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving). There are likely to be around 28,000 job openings over 5 years (that’s about 5,600 a year).

  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (19%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 23 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (56%).
  • Gender: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Sports Coach Job Outlook

The graph shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for sports coaches.

Sports Coach Employment Outlook

Source: *Job Outlook Government website.  ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.

Over the next five years to November 2023, the number of job openings for Sports Coaches is expected to be 28,000 (5,600 per year). Employment for Sports Coaches is rated as “very strong growth”. Employment in this occupation (37 900 in 2018) has grown strongly and is expected to be 47 800 in 2023.


Sports Coach Weekly Work Hours

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The graph shows that the 19% of sports coaches are employed full time and work 46 hours per week.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website.  Based on ABS Census 2016

Sports Coach Age Profile

Sports Coach Age Profile

The sport industry has a strong appeal amongst young people between 15 and 34 years of age, making it a vibrant and dynamic work environment. The average age is 23 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (56%).

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.

Sports Coach Education Levels

Sports Coach Education Level

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.

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What Qualifications Do You Need to be a Sports Coach?

Sports coaches need either extensive experience, or a formal qualification in a related field to work. Training may be through a VET Qualification such as the Diploma of Sport, Or Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, or through a National Sporting Organisation (NSO).

You may also need to be registered with the relevant sporting body.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

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