Sports Science

There are a wide range of Careers open to Sport Science Graduates. The choice over which career to aim for could be determined by the degree programme you have followed and/or the modules you have selected. Broadly speaking your career aspirations can be divided between working directly in Sport by assisting an individual athlete or team for example, through your knowledge of game analysis coaching and nutrition,  or in a more public health related role by promoting/advising on ways in which individuals/groups can improve their well-being through physical activity and exercise.


Studying a degree in Sport Science will have given you subject specific knowledge in one or all of the following areas: physiology, psychology, bio mechanics or nutrition. You will also have had the opportunity to develop these general employability skills through your studies and the assignments/projects you have completed

  • research and data analysis
  • work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • effective presentation and communication skills, including report writing
  • time management and planning
  • effective problem-solving
  • professionalism and customer focus
  • a good understanding of information technology

Career Options

For examples of jobs directly related to your degree you should look at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Careers guide where you can download information and interesting career profiles of several sport science graduates.  

Some of the typical sports science related roles include:

You can explore profiles of other related roles here:

Other Options

Pursuing a career directly related to your degree is not your only option. There are many roles in a range of sectors that could make use of the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course particularly with your interest and study in Science, your ability to handle data research and your problem solving skills. One option could be to work in engineering developing or improving sports equipment for example. With further study you could consider training to be a teacher or a lecturer in a Further Education College or University. Another option requiring further study would be a Masters conversion course to become a Physiotherapist or gain a post graduate diploma to become a radiotherapist. You could also continue your interest in nutrition by going on to a post graduate diploma or Masters to work as a Dietician. Another career area to consider would be to specialise as either a Sports or Exercise Psychologist. All of these occupations will require further study and details of where to find relevant courses can be found on the UCAS site or Find a Masters.

You could also consider applying for a Graduate Scheme which would be open to a graduate of any discipline. Some Graduate Schemes are particularly looking for Graduates with an interest in Science or Research.

You may also want to consider applying for other jobs in Sport which although not directly related to your degree studies maybe sports/activities that you would like to become involved in such as Sports Coaching or Sports Development.

Check out the information in Finding a Job and sports coaching sections for more information on finding and applying for jobs.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:44