Jobs in the sports industry are customer focused. Working in a gym or sports centre you could take on roles such as a fitness instructor or pool attendant.

You could coach and train people in your specific sport or outdoor activity and this could be in a sports centre, a school or even in a holiday destination.

Whatever role you choose, good customer service and a love for sport and exercise will be essential.

Example jobs

Fitness instructor
Leading classes or one-to-one personal training.

Health education instructor
Working one-to-one or with groups to help people improve their lifestyles.

Outdoor instructor
Leading groups in activities and teaching outdoor sports.

Things you need to know

Typical working conditions

You could work indoors or out, depending on the activity.

You will need appropriate clothing for sports and fitness.

The work can involve shifts. Most jobs can involve working at weekends and on bank holidays.

Qualifications needed

You will need good customer service experience and will need at least a Level 2 qualification in sport or fitness for gym work.

To become a coach, you should have a coaching qualification in a sport or outdoor activity.

Career path

As a coach, you can move on to coaching at a higher level, gaining further qualifications and improving your skills. You could move into management of a leisure or outdoor centre

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