Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4167)

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Nature of work

This unit group includes those who oversee and administer recreation, sports and fitness programs and activities, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop programs and policies related to recreation, sports and physical fitness. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, recreation, sports, fitness and health care facilities, retirement homes, community centres, sports and fitness consulting firms and organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - Recreation, sports and fitness policy analysts conduct research and develop government policies related to recreation, sports, fitness and athletic safety and standards.
  • - Sports program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to sports associations and other organizations in the design, development and administration of sports programs and activities.
  • - Fitness program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to community groups, corporations, schools and other organizations in the design and development of fitness programs and activities. They may write proposals and press statements for corporations, industry and the fitness community.
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  • - Recreation program consultants provide expert advice and consulting services to communities, corporations, institutions and other organizations in the design and development of recreation programs and activities.
  • - Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors develop, plan and co-ordinate sports, fitness and recreation programs, and special sporting events.

Employment requirements

  • * A university degree in recreation administration, sports administration, physical education, kinesiology or related discipline combined with some work experience in a related field or a college diploma in a recreation, sports or fitness program combined with some experience in a related field is required.
  • * Recreation, sports and fitness program supervisors require experience as program leaders or instructors in recreation, sports and fitness. Certification in program specialization, such as fitness or lifesaving, may also be required.

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