Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Sports instructors are employed by:
- provincial sports associations
- community leagues
- YMCAs and YWCAs
- health clubs
- private clubs
- parks and recreational facilities (for example, swimming pools)
- private businesses
- continuing education departments of local schools
- university and college athletic departments.
Most sports instructors work part time. Some jobs are seasonal.
Sports instructors can become coaches, trainers or athletic managers. Swimming instructors may become lifeguards. Some sports instructors also own or manage sports franchise locations (for example, martial arts schools). For more information, see the Recreation Facility Operator occupational profile.
Sports instructors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5254: Program leaders and instructors in recreation and sport and fitness. In Alberta, 75% 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.
Over 11,900 Albertans are employed in the Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 179 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As sports instructors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for sports instructors.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.