I Want to Work In … Sport

including "What can I do with my degree in ..... Sports Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science/Health/Management?"

 

 

  • Introduction
  • Careers in Sport
  • Further Study
  • Graduate Destinations
  • Further Information

Introduction

 

This section has been written for students in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. It provides information and links to help you think about possible future career options.

 

Don’t forget to look at the other sections of this website though such as:

 

 

Careers in Sport

Here are some ideas for possible career options in sport. Please note that some of these careers require further study.

Sports Therapist

Sports Therapists treat sporting injuries and provide advice to sports participants. Sports therapists can be employed or self-employed in, for example, a sports injury clinic, a sports club, or with a professional team.

Teacher

There are opportunities to teach PE/sport in secondary schools, further education colleges and also primary schools.

Sports Coach

Sports Coaches support sports players to improve their performance.

Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officers increase sporting opportunities in a community and encourage participation.

Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Psychologists in this discipline support those involved in sport or exercise with the mental aspects of performance.

Fitness Centre Manager

Managing a leisure centre or gym including the staff, health and safety, finance and marketing.

 

PROFILE: Fitness Centre Manager

Runs sports halls, swimming pools, fitness suites & other leisure centres. Responsible for health and safety. Arranges activity schedules, organises & publicises events, recruits and manages staff & finances.
EMPLOYERS: local authorities, private fitness centres, holiday centres, large companies.
SATISFACTIONS: variety, not desk bound, chance to be involved in sport.
NEGATIVES some evening and weekend work especially at lower levels. Pay not high.
SKILLS: physical fitness, organising and leadership, verbal communication, persuading.
DEGREE: any degree subject acceptable. Leisure management, sports science etc. preferred
TIPS: start in a junior position. Get practical experience (e.g. swimming pool attendant), sports coaching etc.

 

Outdoor Pursuits Manager

Managing an outdoor activities centre. Activities could include pursuits such as climbing, orienteering and water sports.

Instructors

Delivering exercise programmes or classes to groups/individuals or teaching a particular activity.

Sports Professional

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half physical.

Yogi Berra


People with exceptional sporting talent who are paid to compete.

Sports Officials

Refereeing or umpiring for sports matches.

Health Trainer

Encouraging healthy lifestyles in the community.

Personal Trainer

Working with people to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

Sport and Exercise Scientist

Using scientific knowledge to help people improve their sporting performance.

Physiotherapist

Providing treatment to people with physical difficulties using techniques such as exercise therapy and massage.

Sports Journalist

Pilates Teacher

Nutrition Adviser

Football Trader - Betting Company

The job involves conducting background research for the latest football news, compiling and trading odds on football markets, trading in-running and risk management: monitoring and managing liabilities.

You need to be highly numerate with a good maths-based degree or top grade at Maths A-level. You of course need an excellent knowledge of football, a strong interest in the sports betting industry and have good Excel skills. You must be prepared to work unsociable hours. See

 

You may also be interested in sport-related retail management, events management and marketing. See the relevant pages on www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin.htm

People in some sports roles may be self-employed. You can find more information on self-employment here: www.kent.ac.uk/careers/selfemployment.htm

Careers outside sport

In addition you may be interested in graduate roles outside of sport. There are many employers who are looking for graduates with good degrees but that don’t have a preference for the subject studied. For different career ideas see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/which-career.html

Sport Health and Fitness graduates are attractive to many employers because of their personal transferable skills rather than the specific skills that they have gained during their degree course. These skills include the ability to analyse information in a logical way, numeracy and problem solving skills.

Many sports graduates want to work outdoors and you will find outdoor and active careers at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/outdoor-careers.htm

Further Studyufo

You may decide that you want to continue to study at postgraduate level or a further qualification may be necessary for the careers you are interested in. You may find the following links useful when exploring further study options:

 

Remember that you can also gain further qualifications to boost your CV whilst at the University of Kent. These include qualifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (http://acsm.org/ ), first aid and level 2 and 3 gym instructor qualifications. Please speak to your academic adviser if you would like any further information.

 

 

Graduate Destinations

Here are examples of what Kent sport graduates were doing six months after finishing their course.

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Department Manager

Asda

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Assistant Manager

Goals Soccer Centre

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

New Media Co-ordinator

Albion Overseas

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Special Police Officer

The Metropolitan Police

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Head Coach/Business Owner

Game On Coaching

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Sports Mentor

Greenacre Sports Partnership

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Trainee Sports Agent

Total Sports Promotion

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Teaching Assistant

Silverbank Park

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Learning Support Assistant

Oakington Primary School

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Sales Assistant

Sports Direct

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Employed FT

Sales Executive

Nike

Sport & Exercise Management BSc

Further Study FT

PGCE Primary

Christ Church University

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Nutritionist Assistant for International Space Station

Roscosmos

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Unqualified Teacher

Sydenham School

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Physical Activity Instructor

NHS/Medway Council

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

PE and Football Coach

Creative Soccer Skills

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Personal Trainer

Virgin Active

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Trainee Instructor

Bob Prouse Gym

Sports Science BSc

Employed PT

Fitness Instructor

Medway Park

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Risk Assessor

Ronald Towle

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Acting Team Leader

Homebase

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Team Leader

Henry Schein

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Project Manager

The World Trade Group

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Senior Sales Assistant

Adidas Group

Sports Science BSc

Employed FT

Senior Sales Associate

Asics

Sports Science BSc

Further Study FT

BSc Physiotherapy

Kings College London

Sports Science BSc

Further Study FT

MSc Physiotherapy

Kings College London

Sports Science BSc

Further Study FT

MSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

University of Kent

Sports Science BSc

Further Study FT

PGCE in Primary (5-11)

Brunel University

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Physiotherapy Triage Worker

Insurance company

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Rehab Advisor

Argent Rehabilitation

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Sports Massage Therapist

Winchester Sports and Spine

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Sports Therapist

Results - Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Rehabilitation Assistant

NHS

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Optical Assistant

Specsavers

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Practitioner

The Body World Group

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Sports Therapist

Own business

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Sports Therapist

Body Sim

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Sports Therapist

Queens Park Rangers Ladies Football

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Sports Therapist

Bromley Football Club

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Sports Therapy Intern

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Trainer

First Plus

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Gymnastics Coach

Goshawks

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Multiple Purpose Sports Coach

Ruggerbeez

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Fitness Advisor

Nuffield Health

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Fitness trainer and Sports Therapist

Acorn Village

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Personal Trainer

Self employed

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed FT

Advertising Sales Executive

B.I. (Balfour International)

Sports Therapy BSc

Employed PT

Receptionist

Active Life

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Melbourne University

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

MSc Sports Rehab

University of Kent

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

MSc Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

University of Kent

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

MSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

University of Kent

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

PGCE

Canterbury Christ Church University

Sports Therapy BSc

Further Study FT

PhD Sport Sci. & Sports Therapy

University of Kent

Sports Rehabilitation MSc-T

Employed FT

Sports Therapist

Freelance

Sports Rehabilitation MSc-T

Employed FT

Sports Therapy

University of Kent

 

To look at the full list please see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm
Please remember that at six months after graduation a significant number of graduates are engaged in work which they would regard as temporary - using a short-term job to gain work experience that could act as a stepping-stone to a better position.

Further Information

General Information

Play sport!

The Sport Industry Research Centre calculated that the average graduate who played sport while studying earns £5,824 (18%) more than those who didn't. 21% of graduates who played sports had experienced unemployment compared to 27% of those who didn't. Sporting students develop skills such such as team work, communication and leadership. 

Opportunities

  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme www.tass.gov.uk  Government-funded programme to support young athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last fully updated 2013