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Summary of occupation

Sports administrators manage sporting clubs, associations and occasionally an entire sport. They work across all levels of sport all over Western Australia, from small, amateur clubs in the remote north, right up to multi-million dollar professional teams like the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers. Sports administrators may be responsible for activities such as fund raising, promoting the sport in school and the wider community, attracting corporate sponsorship and liaising with councils, governing bodies and other sporting clubs.

ANZSCO description: Plans, organises, directs, controls,  coordinates and promotes sport and recreational activities, and  develops related policies.
Alternative names:
Specialisations: Sports Facility Manager, Sports Marketing Manager
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A sports administrator needs:

  • a keen interest in sport
  • good organisational skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • a high level of business and management skills
  • to be able to work as part of a team
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Working conditions

The working conditions and environment of a sports administrator vary greatly depending on the size of the club or association they work for. They usually work in offices, though may frequently be required to travel to visit sponsors, educational institutions, media organisations and other stakeholders. Working hours often include weekends and evenings.

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Salary details

On average, sports administrators, classified under other specialist managers, can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a sports administrator develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Earnings may vary significantly depending on the size of the sporting club or organisation, as people may perform this role for local, amateur clubs working on a voluntary basis.

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Tools and technologies

Sports administrators should be familiar with the equipment used in the sport they represent, though they do not necessarily have to have a high level of sporting skill. A large portion of a sports administrators job is carried out over the phone or using a computer, those who need to travel a great deal usually use a mobile phone and laptop computer. These workers also generally need to be familiar with word processing and accounting software.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a sports administrator you usually need to complete a degree in sports management, commerce, business, management, sports science or a related area.

Most universities in Western Australia offer degrees in these fields. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Most sports administrators require additional experience and skills in business and management.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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