Do you have a passion for getting out and about, be it holidays, sport, or other leisure activities? Consider a career in a sector that helps other people to do the same - providing them more life in their work-life balance!

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Jobs and salaries

Leisure and sport

Browse through some of the career paths for sport and physical activity. There are also links to other websites containing information on further areas within sport.

Take a look at the wide range of career profiles in sports science in this guide to careers from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Sports medicine is another option.

Find out what sports therapists do. Another option similar to this is physiotherapy - have a look at our career sector on healthcare.

You could consider a career in teaching physical education. The Association for Physical Education supports teachers in this subject area.

Tourism

Take a look at this careers map for careers in hospitality, particularly those in tourism.

Find out more about the hospitality industry and who you can work for.

Take a look at some organisations you can turn to for careers guidance in this list from the Institute of Hospitality.

Take a look at the support and training offered to travel executives.


  • Typical salaries in this sector, after training, range from £20,000 to £35,000.


Routes and qualifications

This is an area in which you do not need to be a graduate to work, however there are a range of undergraduate programmes if you would like to study first. Apprenticeships are available in this sector.

Leisure and sport

Think about finding a work placement to gain experience in this sector, and read advice about choosing a course.

There are many courses and development programmes aimed to keep professionals up to date with the latest industry developments.

 

 

Tourism

Further careers advice from the ITT 

Find out about an internship in tourism with flexible part time hours.


Funding and support

If you want to study leisure, sport and/or tourism at university, check out the pages on student finance from gov.uk, and/or contact the funding or careers departments of the organisations you are considering training with.

You can also take courses as you go along in your career, for which the prices vary. Your employer may fund you to take these qualifications, so it's worth discussing with them.

 

  • The Institute of Travel and Tourism offer awards to outstanding students and apprentices.

 


What’s it really like working in this sector?


Working can often be long and irregular with employees often required to work shift patterns and weekends. This may suit you if you want or need to have flexible working hours.


How many jobs are there in this sector?

Over 2 million people are employed in this sector in the UK, by thousands of employees. A good place to start is with local authorities, who employ a great deal of those involved with leisure and sport. There are also many private employers.


Location, location, location

There are jobs in leisure, sport and tourism throughout the UK although, obviously, many jobs relating to the travel, tourism and holiday sectors are concentrated in popular tourist destinations.


Will a career in this sector suit me? 

  • Find out from four employers in this sector what they look for when employing staff.
  • Requirements for jobs in this sector vary greatly, some demand specific qualifications while others require no formal qualifications at all.
  • There are many courses that can help prepare for entry to these areas of work, ranging from GCSEs, A levels, or equivalent, through to degrees and postgraduate qualifications. The Diploma in sport and active leisure and the Diploma in travel and tourism may be relevant for some jobs.
  • New entrants often receive on the job training and many people also work towards work-related qualifications, such as NVQs or awards from bodies such as CIMSA, the professional body for the sport, parks and leisure industries.