If working outdoors, keeping fit and healthy and sharing your lifestyle with others sounds like a dream job, then a career in the sports sector could be perfect for you. There are over 3,500 openings every year in this sector, with regular opportunities for PE teachers, fitness instructors, sports coaches and leisure assistants to succeed!

But with over 17,000 people employed in the industry in Greater Manchester, you don’t need to be in a physically active role to enjoy a career in the sports sector. You could find yourself managing a leisure club or working as a sports psychologist – depending on your passions – with both positions expecting an increase in job opportunities in the coming years.

Top Career Opportunities

A group of people taking part in a fitness class

Fitness instructor

Average salary: £29k

A close-up of a rugby player getting tackled

Sports player

Average salary: £32k

A personal trainer coaching a client

Leisure / sports manager

Average salary: £35k

School sports teacher

Average salary: £40k

Top Job (By Salary) Average Salary
Secondary education teaching professionals £48,048
Physiotherapists £39,354
Therapy professionals n.e.c. £36,795
Health associate professionals n.e.c. £28,808
Leisure and sports manager £26,187
Sports coaches, instructors and officials £20,696
Sports and leisure assistants £16,806
Sports players £19,968
Fitness instructors £18,866

Jobs Figures, 2016 - 20

There are predicted to be 1,407 new jobs with an estimated 3,676 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for sport related occupations is £28,392 per year.


Dubbed the greatest sporting city in 2015, there’s arguably no better place to study Sports, Exercise and Fitness than in Manchester, with its history, heritage and sporting drive!

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