Athletes (NOC 5251)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
600
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse; or compete in individual sports such as skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field; or in games such as poker or chess. Athletes are employed by professional team organizations or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes competitors such as chess players and poker players.

Main duties

  • Athletes perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition
  • - Attend scheduled practice and training sessions
  • - Participate in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events
  • - Continued…
  • - Assess performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Employment requirements

  • * Demonstrated ability in a particular sport, or type of game, is required.
  • * Extensive training under the supervision of a coach is required.
  • * Certification with a particular sports federation may be required.
  • * A background combining athletic training and college or university studies is strongly recommended.

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