£32,760 Average salary at age 20
£67,080 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Professional sportsmen and women train and compete, either individually or as part of a team, in their chosen sport for financial gain.

Main Tasks

  • Participates in exhibitions, pre-qualifying events, tournaments and competitions;
  • Attends training sessions to develop skills and practice individual or team moves and tactics;
  • Builds stamina, physical strength and agility through running, fitness exercises and weight training;
  • Maintains clothing and other specialised sporting equipment;
  • Discusses performance problems with coaches, physiotherapists, dieticians and doctors.


No academic qualifications are required. Entry is based upon talent that can be further developed through coaching and training.

What Sports players studied in higher education

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What Sports players studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry2
(C8) Psychology3
(Y0) Combined1
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments2
(D3) Animal science1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(D4) Agriculture1
(M0) Broadly-based programmes within law1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies1
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics3
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(H1) General engineering1
(N5) Marketing2
(W4) Drama1
(M2) Law by topic1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport7
(B8) Medical technology1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism2
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics5
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(N1) Business studies5
(J6) Maritime technology1
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)2
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science26
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies4
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance2
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
2310 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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