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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

Top Job (By Salary) Average Salary
Secondary education teaching professionals £38,000
Leisure and sports manager £32,300
Physiotherapists £28,500
Therapy professionals n.e.c. £25,800
Health associate professionals n.e.c. £18,100
Sports and leisure assistants £14,300
Fitness instructors £10,700
Sports coaches, instructors and officials £9,400
Sports players £9,400

Job Figures

There are predicted to be 994 new jobs with an estimated 7,243 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for sport related occupations is £20,722 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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