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Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and Fitness

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NOC:5254
Occupation:Recreation, Sport, and Fitness Program Leaders and Instructors
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness lead and instruct groups and individuals in recreational, sports, fitness or athletic programs. They are employed by community centres, sports and fitness clubs, outdoor centres, resorts, recreational facilities, health care facilities, retirement homes, correctional institutions, government departments, private businesses, tourism associations and similar establishments.

Job duties:
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan and carry out recreational, athletic, fitness and sports activities.
  • Assemble supplies and sports and game equipment.
  • Demonstrate and instruct athletic, fitness or sports activities and techniques.
  • Instruct groups and individuals in arts, crafts and similar activities and lead groups and individuals in recreational or leisure programs.
  • Attend to clients with special needs.
  • Provide lifestyle awareness information.
  • Conduct therapeutic recreational or athletic activities.
  • Monitor recreational, sports or fitness activities to ensure safety and provide emergency or first aid assistance when required.
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Assist with co-ordination of special events.
  • Schedule activities, keep logs, maintain records and prepare reports.
  • May train and supervise staff.
  • May maintain and repair sports equipment.
Sample job titles:
  • camp counsellor
  • camp leader
  • fitness instructor
  • lifeguard
  • personal trainer
  • recreation instructor
  • recreation program leader
  • sports and recreation leader
  • sports instructor
  • yoga instructor
Skills:

To work in this field, you should be determined, patient, and self-confident. You must be able to organize and plan activities as well as motivate and encourage others to perform at their best. Leadership and decision-making skills may be needed in teaching and training. Both verbal and written communication skills are essential for teaching and instructing. Good physical stamina and an interest in sports and physical fitness are also advised.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in recreation or physical education or extensive experience in a specific recreational or sports program activity is usually required.
  • Certification is usually required in a specific area of recreational, sports or fitness activity, such as ski instructor or personal trainer, or in first aid or emergency care.
  • Fitness appraiser certification may be required for fitness appraisers.
Other considerations:

Depending on the job, workers may work only part of the year and be unemployed in the fall and winter. Demonstrated ability in a particular recreational, sports or fitness discipline is required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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, Sport, and Fitness Program Leaders and Instructors may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 12% of Recreation, Sport, and Fitness Program Leaders and Instructors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $28,874. 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
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and Fitness2,595Moderate growth85Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $12.00
Maximum: $19.00
Minimum: $915
Median: $5,177
Maximum: $26,922
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and FitnessCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time39%59%
Percent self-employed1%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentProgram Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and FitnessCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%$6,01512%$30,581
Northern15%$7,10816%$33,660
Cape Breton9%$5,98313%$32,974
Halifax55%$9,19447%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%$6,32513%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeProgram Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and FitnessCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-2476%N/A
25-349%13%
35-445%44%
45-543%35%
55-644%8%
65+3%4%
Median Age2138
GenderProgram Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and FitnessCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female62%56%
Male38%44%
EducationProgram Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and FitnessCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school25.6%x10.2%$2,298
High school38.9%x26.2%$7,127
Trades certificate3.0%x3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma12.3%x20.3%$20,158
University certificate or diploma1.9%x1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree15.7%x27.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma0.6%x1.5%$18,274
Master's degree0.3%x8.0%x
Doctorate1.9%x1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$11,741
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.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
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Useful contacts:
Can-Fit-Pro
110-225 Select Ave
Toronto, ON M1X 0B5
Tel: (800) 667-5622
Fax: (416) 493-1756
info@canfitpro.com

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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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