Why Work in Sport?


The Sports industry provides 5,715 full time equivalent jobs in Western Australia, with an increasing number of those being filled by females and increasingly in senior management roles.

Roles in sport are so varied and include being an athlete, a coach, an official, an administrator, event coordinator, a marketing and communications professional, sponsorship and partnership coordinator, club development specialist, an education provider, media and commentary, finance manager, sports medicine professional, player well-being manager, talent scout and many, many more.

Imagine going to work each day knowing you are contributing to the development and success of an individual, team, or sport. You are surrounded by like minded people with a shared passion, a community that is supportive in the good and the bad times.

Working in sport can deliver a high level of job satisfaction, it is not always about gold medals or national championships it can be more personal and can include watching individuals build confidence, fit in, and feel included.

The sports community is full of incredible people from diverse and varied backgrounds and sport has this ability to lead positive change and inspire people beyond the game.

Working in sport gives you a front row seat to some the world’s best sporting action.

Working in the sports industry can give you access to well-known players and coaches, exposure to a variety of training programs which could benefit your professional development.  Depending on the role there could be opportunity for travel.

Many careers in sport can provide an individual with transferable skills and extensive professional experience that may help with job opportunities in the future. For example, a sports psychologist may be able to pursue clinical research for a university after working with professional athletes.

The benefit of flexible hours and working from home align to general trends within the Australian workforce brought about by adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and have allowed more females to take up roles in sport. Flexibility for parents to attend school assembly, sports carnivals, and important childhood milestones can also be accommodated in sport, especially where roles require weekend work and there is a culture of give and take within an organisation.

The most common employment benefits in the local industry identified in the recent Sportwest 2022 WA Sport Industry Remuneration and Benefits Report are:

  1. Laptop/Tablet
  2. Flexible Hours
  3. Working from Home
  4. Work Mobile
  5. Free Gym Access
  6. Professional Development
  7. Salary Sacrifice

If you are thinking about a career change, study options or getting back into the workforce, then think about working in sport!

Opportunities are advertised through State Sporting Association websites, industry newsletters, SEEK, and other recruitment platforms.

Volleyball has a couple of positions currently available and you can check them out here.