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Recreation and Sport Administrator

Recreation and sport administrators plan, organize and direct sport and recreation programs and services in accordance with policies set by management, owners, boards of directors or executive committees.

  • Avg. Salary $68,890.00
  • Avg. Wage $33.84
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Sport Administrator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors (0513) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Recreation and Sports Program and Service Directors (A343) 
  • 2011 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors (0513) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Recreation and Sport Administrator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors

Interest in co-ordinating information to direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation and sports programs and services, and to manage the operation of sports governing agencies or professional athletic teams; and in providing technical and professional advice on recreational and sports matters and in directing fundraising drives


Interest in negotiating business contracts; and in administering national and provincial training, coaching, officiating and other sports-related programs


Interest in developing long range plans and in developing policies and procedures to implement programs

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Mar 29, 2016

In general, recreation and sport administrators:

  • develop and recommend overall recreation strategies, plans and policies
  • implement policies
  • act as a liaison for boards, committees and community organizations
  • organize and co-ordinate recreation programs and educational events
  • plan regional, provincial, national and international sporting events
  • assist community organizations in planning and administration and facilitate the delivery of their programs and services
  • initiate and oversee fundraising activities
  • manage or oversee recreational and sport facilities such as arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools and golf courses
  • establish yearly budgets for equipment, staffing and facility maintenance and repair
  • advertise programs and services
  • train and supervise staff
  • write reports
  • co-ordinate volunteer groups.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Recreation and sport administrators meet and work with many people, including municipality representatives and people who use recreation facilities. They perform administrative tasks in offices, but meetings, recreation and sport activities may take them to a variety of locations. Some travel and evening or weekend work may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Recreation and sport administrators need the following characteristics:

  • an interest in recreation and sports, and in working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • strong planning, organization and leadership skills
  • the ability to be creative and adapt to change.

They should enjoy co-ordinating information and the work of others, negotiating business contracts, administering programs and solving problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Most recreation and sport administrators have a university degree in a related discipline, such as recreation, physical education or management. Students are strongly advised to become involved as recreation leaders during their post-secondary training. A broad range of experience in a number of different recreation programs is recommended.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Recreation and sport administrators are employed by:

  • provincial sports and recreation associations
  • government departments
  • not-for-profit organizations (for example, the YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs)
  • post-secondary schools
  • hospitals and extended care centres
  • private clubs
  • tourism and entertainment businesses and organizations.

Employment in smaller communities offers a chance to work with minimal supervision; however, budgets are smaller and opportunities for advancement may be limited. Larger cities usually have greater diversity and offer a broader range of experience.

Recreation and sport administrators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0513: Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 29, 2016

Salary ranges vary greatly depending on the employer (government, not-for-profit organization, private organization) and location (smaller centre, major city).

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.77 $49.04 $29.26 $28.00
Overall $14.09 $58.91 $33.84 $31.25
Top $16.54 $63.49 $37.57 $35.61

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Information, Culture, Recreation
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Accommodation & Food Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

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Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Physical Education and Recreation

Updated Mar 19, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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