If you are have a degree in sport and are wondering about your career options or how to to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following careers information.

You can also  visit our Careers Centre or the Careers Room at Walsall (WA), where we hold information on getting into a career in sport. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview.

What career options are there with my sport degree?

There is a wide range of careers available in education, health, leisure, sports science, media, local government, civil service, uniformed services, management and sports development, which will utilise your academic skills and experience from a sports related degree. Further professional qualifications may be required for some of these options, while for other options vocational qualifications, personal qualities and experience be more important. However, a degree is increasingly seen by this sector as an advantage for career aspirations, promotion and further progression.

Anyone contemplating entering the sport and leisure industry should go to Skills Active, the sector skills council for the active leisure and learning sector, where there is a wealth of information and tips on entry as well as access to specific sports related careers advice. For some ideas on specific roles using your degree see Prospects Sport and leisure Industry Insight. 

Jobs in Sport

Here are examples from the Prospects website of roles graduates with a sports related degree are particularly suitable for:

What do Wolverhampton sport graduates do?

This is what some of our recent graduates were doing on completion of their course:

  • PE teacher
  • Sports coordinator
  • Sports coach
  • Judo coach
  • Swimming teacher
  • Football development officer
  • RAF training officer
  • Youth project manager
  • Sports membership officer
  • Fire fighter

Where can I find jobs and work experience?

Employment can be found with health and fitness clubs including government run sports, fitness and community centres. Professional sports clubs, sports councils, professional sporting bodies offer a variety of roles and there are also opportunities available in sports promotion and sports tourism both in the UK and abroad.

Work experience


You may also find the typical employers section of the Prospects  Industry Insight on sport and leisure useful.

Professional bodies

Professional bodies are the societies and associations that promote a profession and the people working within them. Many provide useful information on their website along with regular news updates. Many professional bodies offer individual student membership at a low annual membership.

Useful websites

  • NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit. An organisation that aims to build capacity of sports to safeguard children and young people in and through sport and to enable sports organisations to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Government department responsible for sport.
  • Disability Sport.Function is to create opportunities and make sport available to everyone, regardless of their ability.
  • Play the Game. An international conference and communication initiative aiming to strengthen the ethical foundation of sport and promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in sport.
  • Sport England. Lottery and Exchequer funded body focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life
  • Sports Coach UK. Organisation focused on recruiting, retaining and developing coaches.
  • Sports Development. Provides academic resources for sport development, sport management and sports coaching.
  • Sporting Equals. Promotes greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged especially the black and minority ethnic population in sport and physical activity.
  • UK Sport. Responsible for investing public funds in high performance sport.
  • Women in Sport. Campaigning to transform sport for women and girls in the United Kingdom