Sports and Recreation

Sector Snapshot



industry growth by 2025



individuals employed in the Sports and Recreation sector



of Australians participate in sports at least once a week

The industry

Sports and recreation are integral to the Australian way of life.

While sport and recreation are important for the health and wellbeing of the average person, they are also significant industries for Australia.

The sports and recreation sector feeds the national economy and supports many jobs.

Job opportunities in the industry have grown in recent years, and are projected to increase by 15.2 per cent by 2025.

The workers

As of 2020, the sports and recreation industry employed 110,000 Australians.

By 2025, the number of people working in this sector will grow to 127,000.

These workers fall into a few separate groups.

Among them are workers who specialise in sports and physical recreation activities. In 2020, there were 89,000 of these workers and by 2025 there will be 104,000, a growth rate of 16.8 per cent.

Another subgroup include those working in amusement and other recreation activities. In 2020, there were 12,600 workers, a figure expected to increase to 14,200 in 2025, a growth rate of 12.6 per cent.

The future of sports and recreation

As you can see by the government projections for jobs growth, the sports and recreation industry will continue to thrive.

The industry will be influenced by a growing awareness of the importance of these activities for health and wellbeing.

Although Australians love sport and physical activity, most still don’t do enough of it.

To put this into perspective, 81 per cent of people participate in sports activities at least once a week, and yet only 35 per cent of people meet the official health guidelines.

“Outdoor Education and Recreation has the ability to improve the wellbeing of all participants and create a respect and admiration for the natural environment.”

- Andrew Watts, Outdoor Recreation Programs Coordinator

Recent factors like the COVID-19 pandemic have put the spotlight on sports and recreation.

Around the time that pandemic restrictions were first put in place, people reported deliberate efforts to be more active.

The upcoming Tokyo Olympic games have also highlighted a strong interest in sports among the general population.

Four in five Aussie adults feel pride for our Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes.

More than half of all Australians aged 15 or over—or about 10.4 million people—have participated in some form of Olympic sport in the last year.


The following are some of the main jobs in sports and recreation.

All of these are expected to show very strong future growth over the next five years, according to the Australian Government’s JobOutlook.

Sports and recreation jobs include:

  • Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers
  • Sportspersons
  • Outdoor Adventure Guides


For most of the sports and recreation careers listed above, VET qualification can be useful for getting jobs and earning a great salary.

Box Hill Institute offers the following certificates and diplomas geared towards getting you knowledgeable, confident, and job ready.

Visit the Sport & Recreation Study Area