Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Services Directors

(NOC 0513)

in All Management

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation, sports and fitness programs and services, national or provincial sports governing agencies and professional athletic teams. They work for cities and towns, community and private recreation and fitness organizations, sports governing agencies and professional athletic team organizations.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. 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 Program, and Service Directors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 69% of Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program, and Service Directors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $49,989. 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

$20.00

Minimum

$25.48

Median

$57.42

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,979

Minimum

$45,470

Median

$72,706

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation, sports and fitness programs and services, national or provincial sports governing agencies and professional athletic teams. They work for cities and towns, community and private recreation and fitness organizations, sports governing agencies and professional athletic team organizations.

Job duties

Managers in this group: Manage the operations of recreation, sports and fitness programs and services.

  • Give technical and professional advice on recreation, sports and fitness matters.
  • Prepare budget estimates and develop policies and procedures to implement programs.
  • Manage the operations of a sports governing agency.
  • Organize and administer national and provincial training, coaching, officiating and other programs associated with a sport.
  • Manage the operations of a professional athletic team.
  • Recruit professional coaches and athletes.
  • Direct fundraising drives and arrange for sponsorships from public and private organizations.
  • Develop long range plans and negotiate business contracts.

Sample job titles

  • amateur sport manager
  • bingo hall manager
  • casino operations manager
  • cruise ship director
  • director of recreation
  • fitness centre manager
  • fitness programs director
  • physical education programs director
  • professional hockey team manager
  • professional sports team manager
  • recreation administrator
  • recreation director
  • sports association director
  • YMCA general director

Skills

You need good organizational and managerial skills. An ability to work under pressure is important. You must be decisive. You need to work well with others. Effective spoken and written communication skills are important.

Job requirements

  • A university degree in recreation, physical education, sports administration or a related field or a college diploma in recreation management or sports administration.
  • Several years of experience in an job related to recreation and sports administration, consulting or programming are usually required.
  • Some directors of recreation may need to have a Municipal Recreation Director's Certificate.
  • Executive directors of sports governing agencies may need to have coaching certification in a specific sport.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

390

employed in 2016

91.0%

employed full-time

10.3%

self employed

57.7%
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42.3%
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48.5

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

39.7%

Halifax

21.8%

North Shore

21.8%

Annapolis Valley

9.0%

Southern

7.7%

Cape Breton

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

47.9%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

16.9%

Public administration

16.9%

Health care and social assistance

8.5%

Educational services

7.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

45-54

27.0%

55-64

20.0%

35-44

14.0%

25-34

9.0%

15-24

4.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

37.2%

Bachelor's degree

$52,211 median annual income
24.4%

High school

$30,117 median annual income
21.8%

College certificate or diploma

$41,853 median annual income
6.4%

Trades certificate

N/A
3.8%

Master's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor's degree

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College certificate or diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master's degree

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trades certificate

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business administration and management - General

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

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. These programs include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 463-6700

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

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

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B3

(877) 491-6774

Business administration, management and operations - Other

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

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Organizational leadership

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

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. These programs include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

Institutions providing this program

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 includes 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

Physical education teaching and coaching

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

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach physical education programs and/or to coach sports at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

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

Recreation Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 309
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-1128
Fax: (902) 422-8201
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Communities, Culture and Heritage - Sport and Recreation Funding Programs
Halifax, NS

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Job postings

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