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:
- Exercise physiologist
- Fitness centre manager
- Secondary school teacher
- Sports administrator
- Sports coach
- Sports development officer
- Sports therapist
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Event organiser
- Health promotion specialist
- Higher education lecturer
- Outdoor activities/education manager
- Sport and exercise psychologist
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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.
- professional sports clubs;
- national sporting associations, governing bodies and other related sporting agencies;
- private health and fitness clubs, spas and public sports and recreation facilities;
- local authorities;
- schools, further education and higher education institutions;
- the health sector, including the National Health Service.
As a sport science graduate you may also go on to set up your own business or consultancy.
Skills for your CV
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:
- research and data analysis;
- ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team;
- presentation and oral communication skills;
- written communication skills, including report writing;
- time management and planning;
- effective problem-solving;
- professionalism and customer focus;
- a good understanding of information technology.
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.
What do sport science graduates do?
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|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Technicians and other professionals||22.5|
|Retail, catering and bar work||15.5|
|Childcare, health and education work||11.5|
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.
Find out more
- The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) - Professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK
- British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) - Represents sport rehabilitators in the UK and Ireland
- Britishsports.com - Links to British sports clubs, associations, national governing bodies and other sport-related organisations