Sports development officers need:
- to be physically fit
- good communication skills
- to have a passionate interest in sport
- good organisational skills
- good interpersonal skills and be able to interact with a diverse range of people
- problem-solving and negotiation skills
Sports development officers work both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions. Working hours can vary from week to week and may include weekends and evenings, when most people are participating in sport or other fitness activities. They have a high degree of contact with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Sports development officers work with sporting clubs and local councils throughout Western Australia.
On average, sports development officers, classified under sports coaches, instructors and officials, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a sports development officer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Sports development officers will often be required to drive between various sporting clubs and venues. While they may not have to be experts in all the sports that they are promoting, it is advantageous to be familiar with a wide range of sports and the different equipment that each uses. They also use computers to keep a record of the promotions and programs they have running, and how effective they are.
To become a sports development officer you usually need to complete a qualification in sport development, sports science or a related field.
VET courses in sport development are available from TAFE Colleges and registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a degree majoring in sports science or a related field.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
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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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.