Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers

(NOC 4167)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

This group includes those who oversee and administer recreation, sports and fitness programs and activities, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop programs and policies related to recreation, sports and physical fitness. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, recreation, sports, fitness and health care facilities, retirement homes, community centres, sports and fitness consulting firms and organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 59% of Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $51,461. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$21.00

Median

$36.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,107

Minimum

$42,293

Median

$66,118

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes those who oversee and administer recreation, sports and fitness programs and activities, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop programs and policies related to recreation, sports and physical fitness. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, recreation, sports, fitness and health care facilities, retirement homes, community centres, sports and fitness consulting firms and organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy analysts conduct research and develop government policies related to recreation, sports, fitness and athletic safety and standards.
  • Sports program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to sports associations and other organizations in the design, development and administration of sports programs and activities.
  • Fitness program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to community groups, corporations, schools and other organizations in the design and development of fitness programs and activities. They may write proposals and press statements for corporations, industry and the fitness community.
  • Recreation program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to communities, corporations, institutions and other organizations in the design and development of recreation programs and activities.
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors develop, plan and coordinate sports, fitness and recreation programs, and special sporting events.

Sample job titles

  • fitness program consultant
  • leisure services co-ordinator
  • recreation analyst
  • recreation programmer
  • recreational activities program co-ordinator
  • recreational programs co-ordinator
  • sports and recreation counsellor
  • sports consultant
  • sports programs co-ordinator

Skills

For this type of work, you should be organized, resourceful, and able to co-operate with others in a team. You must be able to communicate effectively and inspire and motivate clients.

Job requirements

  • A university degree in recreation administration, sports administration, physical education, kinesiology or related discipline combined with some work experience in a related field or a college diploma in a recreation, sports or fitness program combined with some experience in a related field is required.
  • Certification in program specialization, such as fitness or lifesaving, may also be required.

Other considerations

Full-time work is typical in these jobs; however, it is often seasonal so many recreation and sports officers work for only part of each year, usually during the summer months. Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors require experience as program leaders or instructors in recreation, sports and fitness. Mobility among recreation, sports and fitness consultants may be restricted within individual area of expertise. Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors may progress to recreation, sports and fitness management positions with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

300

employed in 2016

89.4%

employed full-time

5.0%

self employed

62.0%
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38%
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42.6

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

46.5%

Halifax

14.1%

Annapolis Valley

14.1%

Cape Breton

12.7%

Northern

11.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

30.6%

Public Administration

22.6%

Health Care and Social Assistance

19.4%

Information, Culture & Recreation

12.9%

Other Services

8.1%

Educational Services

What is the age of Employment?

42.1%

35-44

26.3%

25-34

10.5%

45-54

10.5%

55-64

10.5%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

48.5%

Bachelor's degree

$48,749 median annual income
17.6%

College certificate or diploma

$48,780 median annual income
13.2%

High school

$43,028 median annual income
7.4%

Trades certificate

N/A
7.4%

Doctorate

N/A

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Health and physical education - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. These programs include courses in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

Institutions providing this program

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Kinesiology and exercise science

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. These programs include courses in biomechanics, motor behaviour, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to develop and manage park facilities and other indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure facilities. These programs include courses in supervising support personnel, health and safety standards, public relations, and basic business and marketing principles.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Parks, recreation and leisure studies

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles underlying recreational and leisure activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Sport and fitness administration/management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. These programs include courses in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Department of Health and Wellness - Active Living
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Tel: (902) 424-4807
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450
Fax: (902) 425-5606
Can-Fit-Pro
110-225 Select Ave
Toronto, ON M1X 0B5
Tel: (800) 667-5622
Fax: (416) 493-1756
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
18 Louisa Street, Suite 370
Ottawa, ON K1R 6Y6
Tel: (613) 234-3755
Fax: (613) 234-3565

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