The sports industry is competitive but a sport science degree can set you up with key skills, which can help you to succeed in many careers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
Look for opportunities that match the career you would like to go into. Try youth-sport volunteering if you are interested in coaching or get work experience in a school if you would like to teach PE. Part-time work in a leisure centre is helpful either in the admin and marketing side or fitness instruction and pool attendant work.
Children's summer holiday schemes that have a strong sports section can give good experience. Work in health promotion with local communities or outdoor pursuit activities are also useful.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Jobs are available with a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
As a sport science graduate you may also go on to set up your own business or consultancy.
A degree in sport science gives you an understanding of sports performance and the factors that affect behaviour in sport. You gain subject-specific knowledge in areas such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition.
The degree provides a large set of skills that can be used in lots of different careers. These transferable skills include:
Some sport-related careers require further study at postgraduate level. If you want to become a sport and exercise psychologist a certain pathway has to be followed, which includes postgraduate qualifications. To get a job as a sports coach you will need to gain the appropriate coaching qualifications.
If you want to become a PE teacher you can go on to complete a PGCE. It is also possible to study at Masters or PhD level to open up teaching and research opportunities in higher education.
You can also pursue further studies in a different area entirely. This could be marketing, finance, business, law, journalism or any other area open to those with a degree in any subject.
More than two-thirds of sport science graduates are in employment, while a fifth are in further study either full time or part time while working.
Around one in seven graduates are working as sports coaches, instructors and officials. Other occupations in the top ten include secondary teaching professionals, teaching assistants and fitness instructors.
|Working and studying||7.6%|
|Technicians and other professionals||22.5%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||15.5%|
|Childcare, health and education work||
For a detailed breakdown of what sport science graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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