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Recreation and Sport Administrator

Recreation and sport administrators plan, organize, and support sport and recreation services. They follow policies set by management, owners, boards of directors, or executive committees. They work with community sport and active living groups to support development, governance, and strategies as they relate to their organizations.

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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors (0513) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors

2006 NOC: 0513

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation and sport administrators develop and recommend overall recreation and sport strategies, plans, and policies. To do this, they:

  • Implement policies
  • Act as a liaison for boards, committees, and community organizations
  • Organize, host, and co-ordinate events
  • Plan regional, provincial, national, and international sporting events
  • Support community organizations in planning and administration, and facilitate program and service delivery
  • Support recreational and sport facilities such as arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools, and golf courses
  • Support preparation of yearly budgets for equipment, staffing, and facility maintenance and repair
  • Advertise programs and services
  • Train and supervise staff
  • Write reports
  • Co-ordinate and support volunteer groups
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Recreation and sport administrators meet and work with many people, including representatives of municipalities and people who use recreation and sport facilities. They perform administrative tasks in offices, but may travel to other locations for meetings, recreation activities, and sport activities. Their work hours can include evenings or weekends.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation and sport administrators need:

  • An interest or background in recreation and sport
  • An interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Planning, organization, and leadership skills
  • The ability to be creative and adapt to change

They should enjoy coordinating information, overseeing the work of others, negotiating business contracts, administering programs, and solving problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary

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 years. A broad range of experience in different recreation programs is recommended.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation and sport administrators work for:

  • Provincial sports and recreation associations
  • Government departments
  • Not-for-profit organizations such as the YM / YWCA and Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Post-secondary schools
  • Hospitals and extended care centres
  • Private clubs
  • Tourism and entertainment businesses and organizations

Employment in smaller communities is great for learning to work with minimal supervision. However, smaller budgets may limit options for advancement. Larger cities tend to be more diverse 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 [pdf] in this occupation is 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 (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 0513: Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

2016 NOC: 0513
Average Wage
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 0513 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
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Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.23 $47.31 $29.56 $28.40
Overall $20.41 $56.12 $33.59 $32.97
Top $21.74 $60.10 $36.51 $34.97

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Educational Services
Information, Culture, Recreation
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Physical Education and Recreation

Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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