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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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The leisure industry includes entertainment and recreation, and a whole range of related products and services - cinema, horse riding, theme parks, betting shops, gaming casinos. Leisure is a labour intensive service industry. The range of career opportunities available is wide and diverse. Most people who opt to work in this area have the aim of helping others to enjoy their leisure time.

Potential areas of work include:
  • Leisure centre or gymnasium - as a manager, lifeguard, activities instructor, personal trainer
  • Coaching, instructing, managing - health and fitness consultant, sports manager, horse riding, football and other sports clubs, outdoor activities i.e surfing and kayaking 
  • Entertainment - work in cinemas, horse-racing, theme parks, adventure centres
  • Voluntary and Social - youth clubs, community centres

Employers in this sector include large leisure companies, leisure centres, golf clubs, boxing clubs, theme parks, health and fitness centres, hotels, sports arenas, colleges, cultural organisations, tour operators, local authorities, community centres, cinemas and music venues.

Fitness is an especially big element, either from people engaging in intense competitive sport or working in their own time on their health and fitness. Sports clubs are a central part of Ireland’s social fabric, with many volunteers committing their free time to supporting their clubs. 

People working in the sector often have an interest in the area they work in and thrive on helping others persue that activity. It’s simple really, there’s no better surfing instructor or hike leader than someone who loves the activity.  

The nature of the work can change greatly depending on the activity you’re supporting; jobs in cinemas or sports halls maybe be very similar to jobs in other sectors. But jobs supporting outdoor activities will be like no other, requiring plenty of physical activity, working with large groups of people and often working irregular hours. Given the nature of many of the activities, health and safety is a major concern for those working in the sector.

Occupations in Leisure
(sorted by Job Zone)

Leisure Centre Assistant

Assists with the daily operations of recreational facility, ensures safety, encouraging participation, and administering first aid as required.

Golf Greenkeeper

Golf greenkeepers ensure that the playing surface of a golf course and the surrounding grounds are kept in excellent condition.

Swimming Pool Technician
Service and maintain pools, spas and hot tubs in homes, gyms, hotels and leisure centres, making sure they are safe for bathers.

Supervises and provides safety at swimming areas including beaches, swimming pools and lakes.

Outdoor Activities Instructor
Works with people on outdoor activity sessions and trips, or teachs them skills in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, orienteering, abseiling and canoeing or hill walking.
Cinema Manager

A cinema manager is responsible for the efficient running of all day-to-day activities and services of the cinema.

Entertainment / Sports Manager
Plans, organises, promotes, provide and develops leisure and recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and music venues.
Spa Manager

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of a Spa / Health facility. Coordinates programs, schedules and directs staff, and oversees financial activities.

Massage Therapist

Uses fingers, hands or elbows to stroke, knead and manipulate soft body tissue and bring mental and physical health benefits to clients.

Leisure Centre Manager

Supervises and manages the running of all kinds of recreation facilities.

Youth Worker

Encourages the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary participation.