Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4167)

About this job

People in this occupation:

  • oversee and manage recreation, sports and fitness programs and activities
  • offer consultation, do research and develop programs and policies related to recreation, sports and physical fitness
  • work for federal, provincial and municipal governments, recreation, sports, fitness and health-care facilities, retirement homes, community centres, sports and fitness consulting firms and organizations
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • co-ordinator, community recreation / leisure
  • fitness program consultant / supervisor
  • leisure analyst / co-ordinator
  • policy analyst, recreation / fitness
  • recreation consultant / co-ordinator
  • recreationist / recreologist
  • co-ordinator, community recreation / leisure
  • fitness program consultant / supervisor
  • leisure analyst / co-ordinator
  • policy analyst, recreation / fitness
  • recreation consultant / co-ordinator
  • recreationist / recreologist

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$44,256

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Exercise therapists:

  • give fitness tests and assessments, and design, develop and deliver rehabilitative exercise programs in occupational and related health settings

Fitness appraisers:

  • give fitness tests and assessments, and design, develop and deliver fitness counselling

Fitness consultants:

  • offer expert advice and consulting services to community groups, corporations, schools and other organizations in the design and development of fitness programs and activities
  • may write proposals and press statements for corporations, industry and the fitness community

Kinesiologists:

  • run fitness and human movement tests and assessments
  • design and set up programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement and performance in the areas of sports, recreation, work and exercise

Recreation and sports program consultants

  • offer expert advice and consulting service to communities, corporations, institutions and other organizations in the design and development of recreation programs and activities

Recreation, sports and fitness policy analysts:

  • do research and develop government policies related to recreation, sports, fitness and athletic safety and standards

Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors:

  • develop, plan and coordinate sports, fitness and recreation programs, and special sporting events

 

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office, fitness or recreational setting.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors require experience as program leaders or instructors in recreation, sports and fitness. Certification in program specialization, such as fitness or lifesaving, may also be required.

Skills

  • General Learning Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Clerical Ability
  • Directive
  • Manual Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Human Kinetics/Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education/Sport
  • Parks, Recreation & Leisure Facilities Management
  • Recreation Leadership Related
  • Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
880
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
390
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
70
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
290
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
120

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors may progress to recreation, sports and fitness management positions with experience.

Movement among recreation, sports and fitness consultants may be restricted within individual area of expertise.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.