Athletes, Coaches, Referees and Related Occupations

Professional and amateur sports teams, sports commissions and boards, team organizations and leagues and community centres employ people who work in this occupational group. The occupation group includes athletes, coaches, sports officials, referees, recreation program leaders, and instructors.


  • High school diploma.
  • Coaches require a degree in physical education or kinesiology and several years of experience in a particular sport.
  • Certification through the national coaching certification program (NCCP) may be required.
  • Recreation program leaders and instructors need a college program in recreation or physical education or extensive experience in a recreational or sports activity.
  • Sports officials and referees must be registered and certified by a sports governing agency or commission.
  • First aid training is an asset and often a requirement.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have little change in employment levels in the future.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 37.9% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 46.6% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 42.2% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 11.2% live in other communities. About 82.8% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 13.8% in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector.