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Recreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers

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NOC:4167
Occupation:Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes those who oversee and administer recreation, sports and fitness programs and activities, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop programs and policies related to recreation, sports and physical fitness. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, recreation, sports, fitness and health care facilities, retirement homes, community centres, sports and fitness consulting firms and organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy analysts conduct research and develop government policies related to recreation, sports, fitness and athletic safety and standards.
  • Sports program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to sports associations and other organizations in the design, development and administration of sports programs and activities.
  • Fitness program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to community groups, corporations, schools and other organizations in the design and development of fitness programs and activities. They may write proposals and press statements for corporations, industry and the fitness community.
  • Recreation program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to communities, corporations, institutions and other organizations in the design and development of recreation programs and activities.
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors develop, plan and coordinate sports, fitness and recreation programs, and special sporting events.
Sample job titles:
  • fitness program consultant
  • leisure services co-ordinator
  • recreation analyst
  • recreation programmer
  • recreational activities program co-ordinator
  • recreational programs co-ordinator
  • sports and recreation counsellor
  • sports consultant
  • sports programs co-ordinator
Skills:

For this type of work, you should be organized, resourceful, and able to co-operate with others in a team. You must be able to communicate effectively and inspire and motivate clients.

Job requirements:
  • A university degree in recreation administration, sports administration, physical education, kinesiology or related discipline combined with some work experience in a related field or a college diploma in a recreation, sports or fitness program combined with some experience in a related field is required.
  • Certification in program specialization, such as fitness or lifesaving, may also be required.
Other considerations:

Full-time work is typical in these jobs; however, it is often seasonal so many recreation and sports officers work for only part of each year, usually during the summer months. Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors require experience as program leaders or instructors in recreation, sports and fitness. Mobility among recreation, sports and fitness consultants may be restricted within individual area of expertise. Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors may progress to recreation, sports and fitness management positions with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 59% of Recreation, Sports and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $51,461. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Recreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers300Weak growth20High
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $21.00
Maximum: $36.00
Minimum: $8,107
Median: $42,293
Maximum: $66,118
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Recreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time89%79%
Percent self-employed13%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentRecreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern11%x12%$30,581
Northern13%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton14%x13%$32,974
Halifax46%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeRecreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/AN/A
25-3426%5%
35-4442%37%
45-5411%29%
55-6411%24%
65+11%5%
Median Age4344
GenderRecreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female62%64%
Male38%36%
EducationRecreation, Sports, and Fitness Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax2.8%$11,346
High school13.2%$43,02814.3%$25,801
Trades certificate7.4%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma17.6%$48,78021.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma4.4%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree48.5%$48,74929.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma4.4%x3.4%$47,801
Master's degreeN/A$79,40417.2%$35,978
Doctorate7.4%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Department of Health and Wellness - Active Living
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Tel: (902) 424-4807
healthpromotion@novascotia.ca
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450
Fax: (902) 425-5606
sportns@sportnovascotia.ca
Can-Fit-Pro
110-225 Select Ave
Toronto, ON M1X 0B5
Tel: (800) 667-5622
Fax: (416) 493-1756
info@canfitpro.com
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
18 Louisa Street, Suite 370
Ottawa, ON K1R 6Y6
Tel: (613) 234-3755
Fax: (613) 234-3565
info@csep.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Health and physical education - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. These programs include courses in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.
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Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Kinesiology and exercise science
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. These programs include courses in biomechanics, motor behaviour, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Program Name:Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to develop and manage park facilities and other indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure facilities. These programs include courses in supervising support personnel, health and safety standards, public relations, and basic business and marketing principles.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Parks, recreation and leisure studies
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles underlying recreational and leisure activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Sport and fitness administration/management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. These programs include courses in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Additional resources:

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