Athletes (NOC 5251)

About this job

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis.

People in this occupation:

  • play team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse
  • may compete in individual sports such as skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field
  • work for professional team organizations
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • archer
  • athlete, amateur / professional / olympic
  • athlete, fighting
  • athlete, running
  • athlete, track and field
  • athlete, water sports


Athletes perform some or all of the following duties:

  • train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition
  • go to scheduled practice and training sessions
  • take part in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events
  • review performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various sports and recreational settings.
  • Workers may be exposed to variations in weather.
  • Some sport occupations pose a risk of injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.