Women racing into the field of sports careers

Group of female AFL players running onto a field

Over the five years to November 2017, the number of women employed as sportspeople increased 17.9%.

This story was first published on Friday 8 February 2019. If you wish to use this content, please contact media@dese.gov.au to confirm that the information is still current.

It’s an exciting time for professional women’s sport in Australia.

The start of the third season of the AFLW competition began earlier this month, and crowds and television viewers were treated to a great summer season of WBBL cricket and exciting tennis at the Australian Open.    

If you’re a sports enthusiast, remember it’s possible to turn your love of the game into a career, as a player or coach.

Over the five years to November 2017, the number of women employed as sportspeople increased by 17.9%.

Whilst competition for employment is very high, Job Outlook data show the skills and abilities employers look for include a strong work ethic, critical thinking, coordination, judgment and decision-making, and stamina!

Labour market analyst Ivan Neville noted that demand for sportspeople will be high into the future.

‘Employment projections indicate exuberant employment growth for sportspeople over the five years to May 2023.

‘The growth rate of 17.7% for this occupation is more than twice the overall projected employment growth rate of 7.1%. Australians’ passion for sport continues to thrive.’

And if professional sports remains an unfulfilled dream, fortunately the latest employment projections data reveal that the Arts and Recreation Services industry is projected to employ an extra 22,000 (or 8.7%) people over the five years to May 2023. With strong involvement in sport at all levels, a population becoming progressively more health conscious, and personal fitness and gyms springing up across the country, employment growth is expected to be strong.

Find out more about what it's like being a sportsperson or coach on Job Outlook, such as: 

  • Expected earnings and average hours
  • Prospects
  • Pathways
  • Skills & knowledge

Correct at time of publication.