Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (NOC 5254)

About this job

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Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness:

  • lead and instruct groups and individuals in recreational, sports, fitness or athletic programs
  • work for community centres, sports and fitness clubs, outdoor centres, resorts, recreational facilities, health-care facilities, correctional institutions, government departments, private businesses, tourism associations and similar establishments
Common job titles
  • appraiser, fitness - certified
  • camp co-ordinator
  • crew member, search and rescue
  • teacher, athletics
  • teacher, fishing
  • teacher, fitness
  • appraiser, fitness - certified
  • camp co-ordinator
  • crew member, search and rescue
  • leader, arts / recreation
  • leader, sports / leisure / recreation
  • personal trainer (certified)

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$41,712

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

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 make sure they are safe, and provide emergency or first aid assistance when needed
  • enforce safety rules and regulations
  • help with coordination of special events
  • schedule activities, keep logs, maintain records and prepare reports
  • train and supervise staff
  • maintain and repair sports equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors in sports and recreational settings.
  • Some outdoor work may also be required.
  • Some workers, such as lifeguards, work near water.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability in a particular recreational, sports or fitness discipline is required.
  • Fitness appraiser certification may be required for fitness appraisers.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Directive
  • Social
  • Motor Coordination
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Human Kinetics/Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Recreation Leadership Related
  • Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services
  • 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:
330
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
30
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
420
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
110
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
9,490
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
2,740
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
330
Average annual employment growth:
0.0%
Expected number of job openings:
20
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
1,490
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
360
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
2,570
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
650

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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