Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers
Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers organise, control and promote the activities, facilities and resources of amusement, fitness and sports centres.
planning and organising the range and mix of entertainment, attractions, amusement machines and fitness programs to be offered by the centre
organising publicity to promote facilities and attract clients
scheduling games and competitions
selecting, training and supervising staff
ensuring facilities are properly maintained and conform to safety standards
may undertake coaching, fitness instruction and training of clients
may plan and organise catering facilities
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow very strongly
- is likely to reach 9,700 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 72% of people employed as Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 46 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers work in the Arts and recreation services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 64% of Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers is 36 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 44% of the workforce. This is 4 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Management experience or extensive industry experience is usually needed to work as an Amusement, Fitness or Sports Centre Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualification in business management, sport or fitness.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||5.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.6||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers who can provide good customer service, have strong people skills, and are well organised and presented. Employers also value responsible and trustworthy managers.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Teaching people how to do something.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Looking for ways to help people.
48%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
48%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
70%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
62%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
58%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
51%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
48%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
46%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
42%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
41%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
41%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
37%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
36%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
32%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
26%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
See details that are far away.
39%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
74%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
71%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
68%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
66%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
66%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
63%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
63%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
62%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
62%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
61%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
59%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
58%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
57%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
50%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
45%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
90%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
77%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
75%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
73%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
70%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
69%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
68%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
67%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
65%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
Work to strict deadlines.
63%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Talk to a group of people.
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