Recreation officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programmes and services for the benefit of the community.
To become a recreation officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in sport and recreation, leisure and health or outdoor recreation. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a recreation officer through a traineeship in Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation or Sport and Recreation. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you complete a degree in exercise and sports science, sport development, sport and recreation management, human movement and health studies, exercise science or physical activity studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics are usually required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Recreation officers may perform the following tasks:
Most recreation officers have a high level of contact with the public.
Recreation officers manage and coordinate a variety of organisations, programs, events, services and facilities. They may be employed by government authorities, community organisations, schools, commercial organisations (such as health and fitness agencies), outdoor recreation organisations and sports associations. Leisure management is a growing area, and people with management or marketing qualifications are sought after.