You live and breath sport – and now, you can make it your career. Start by studying a sports management course.
What do sports management graduates do?
Sports management course graduates may work in a range of leadership, management and client-focused roles in the spots industry.
As a manager or director of a sports club, organisation or event, you will work to provide overall strategic direction, planning and management, and can expect to perform tasks like:
- Developing, implementing and monitoring procedures, policies and standards for staff and operations;
- Coordinating and administering sports programs and services;
- Monitoring and managing sports resources, stocks and supplies;
- Providing overall day-to-day management for a sport or recreation service, facility, organisation or centre;
- Providing administrative management including planning and monitoring budgets, preparing reports, requesting maintenance and maintaining supply levels;
- Providing leadership, making decisions and resolving conflicts;
- Recruiting, inducting, managing, training and leading staff;
- Liaising with other sport and recreation providers, boards and funding bodies to discuss areas of cooperation;
- Representing your organisation in public, including in negotiations and in seminars and presentations, and conducting media interviews;
- Providing marketing and customer service support;
- Advising government bodies about measures to improve services; and
- Performing day-to-day administrative tasks, including
You may also work in a sports media, sports program development, or in a customer service focused role in a role like membership relations, where you’ll use your interpersonal skills to ensure people’s interactions with your sports club or organisation are satisfying.
You’ll find working in sports management exciting and rewarding if you:
- Love sport
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are a natural leader
- Have big ideas
- Are highly motivated
- Love working with people
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Are highly organised and efficient
- Are proactive and can work independently
- Can think strategically and exercise sound judgment
- Can remain calm under pressure
- Can speak confidently in public
- Enjoy fast-paced work
- Enjoy challenging yourself
- Want to make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in job opportunities for roles in management over the next decade, predicting the management profession will grow to employ an additional 7,900 people by 2020. Currently employing approximately 51,000 people, the profession is considered large, and roles are available in most areas of Australia.
Sports management course graduates usually work in management or coordinating roles. According to PayScale, a general manager can expect to earn a salary between $54,000 and $160,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $92,000. An operations manager can expect to earn between $35,000 and $90,000 per year, and entry-level managers may enjoy earning a competitive average salary of approximately $50,000 per year.
At the highest levels of business, chief executive officers and chief financial officers can take home base salaries in excess of $300,000, according to Job Outlook, and may also hold stock in a company or share profits with shareholders in addition to receiving a wage.