Investment in sport and fitness, development of the heritage industry and a drive to recruit more graduates in tourism has created opportunities in the sector. Find out where the jobs are...
Opportunities in the sector can be categorised into:
The majority of large organisations in leisure, sport and tourism recruit graduates to a range of head office functions such as finance, IT and sales and marketing, as well as general management roles.
For examples of jobs in this sector, see graduate jobs in leisure, sport and tourism.
Examples of big companies operating in the industry include:
The majority of employers in this sector are small to medium sized companies (SMEs). Employment opportunities are also available in local authorities, national governing bodies of sport and sports associations.
Graduates entering the leisure, sport and tourism sector can expect:
Despite its perception as low skilled the tourism sector needs to recruit 215,000 people into skilled roles by 2020. This includes graduate roles in areas such as general management, finance, HR and marketing (People 1st, State of the Nation 2013).
Part of the legacy of the London 2012 Summer Olympics has been to distribute money to 377 county sports projects across England. The aim is to increase access to quality coaching and encourage more people to take up sport. This has resulted in more opportunities for coaches and sports development officers and corresponding jobs in marketing and fundraising. The government commitment to raising participation in disability sports has also created jobs in this area.
Post-recession, employment opportunities in the travel industry are now on the increase. In 2013 nearly a quarter of travel agencies were reporting vacancies, compared to 13% in 2011. Travel companies have also significantly increased the amount of training they provide to employees to encourage career development (People 1st, 2014 Insight on Travel).
There has been a growth in outdoor recreation and education, resulting in more job opportunities in coaching and similar areas.
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