How to become a Sports Administrator

Sports administrators manage sports clubs, associations and peak bodies, undertaking activities such as promoting their sport, obtaining corporate sponsorship and refining the rules and structure. Sports administrators usually work with a voluntary board or committee to develop strategies and programmes to achieve the aims and policies of the club, association or peak body.

Personal requirements of a Sports Administrator

  • A strong interest in sport and recreation
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sound business ability
  • Willingness to travel and work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends

Education & Training for a Sports Administrator

To become a sports administrator you usually have to complete a degree in sports management at university. You could also consider degrees in sport development, commerce, business or management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology and chemistry are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au. A strong background in sport (such as that gained as a sports coach or sportsperson) may also be an advantage, especially if you undertake one of the general degrees listed above.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,340

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 32.1%

NT 1.3%

QLD 18.4%

SA 8.5%

TAS 1%

VIC 25.6%

WA 9.6%

Hours worked:

40.8

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 63.2%

Female 36.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 3.3%

Not completed Year 12: 9.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 21.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 25.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 25.3%

Above 35 years: 74.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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