Athletes

(NOC 5251)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports like hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse; or compete in individual sports like skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field; or in games like poker or chess. They work for professional team organizations or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Athletes may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

The median employment income for 18% of Athletes who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$4,473

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports like hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse; or compete in individual sports like skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field; or in games like poker or chess. They work for professional team organizations or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Athletes:

  • Train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition.
  • Attend scheduled practice and training sessions.
  • Participate in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events.
  • Assess performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Sample job titles

  • athlete
  • baseball player
  • boxer
  • competitor - gambling
  • figure skater
  • football player
  • gamer - video games
  • golfer
  • harness race driver
  • hockey player
  • jockey
  • professional athlete
  • skier
  • sprinter
  • track athlete

Skills

Athletes need to have a demonstrated ability in a specific sport and must train extensively under a coach.

Job requirements

  • Demonstrated ability in a sport or type of game.
  • Extensive training under the supervision of a coach.
  • Certification with a sports federation may be required.
  • A background combining athletic training and college or university studies is strongly recommended.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

52.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

23.5%
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76.5%
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24.1

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

47.1%

Halifax

17.6%

North Shore

11.8%

Southern

11.8%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

50.0%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

16.7%

Construction

16.7%

Information and cultural industries

16.7%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

53.0%

15-24

24.0%

25-34

12.0%

45-54

12.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

50.0%

High school

N/A
18.8%

Less than high school

N/A
18.8%

Bachelor

N/A
12.5%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Kinesiology and exercise science

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

This instructional program class includes 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

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450
Fax: (902) 425-5606

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Job postings

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