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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Sports Administration

Sports Administration

Several trends are affecting sports in Ireland; these include an increasingly professional attitude, the development of scientific approaches to fitness and growing demand for applying modern management principles to sports organisations.

Sports administrators keep the sports industry running smoothly, from working with athletes to sign contracts to developing marking strategies for sports organisations. Sports administrators are responsible for carrying out administrative tasks across a wide range of functions within sports clubs and organisations.

Opportunities to work as a sports administrator are available in sports clubs (amateur and professional), sports academies and schools, sports administration and governance bodies, health facilities, sports charities and not-for-profit organisations and community centres.

Being a good candidate for a sports administration job requires more than just a love of the game, you need to be business-minded and meticulous. The best sports administrators understand the ins and outs of the sport. 

Evening, weekend and holiday work is common in this career. Travelling around is also likely to be required on a frequent basis.

Professional roles in sport can include running national sporting organisations, sports development and maintaining facilities. There are a variety of routes into these roles but generally deep involvement in the relevant sport as a volunteer or player is an important part. 

Prior experience of organising sporting events, administrative work and sports activities can be helpful, especially given that there is likely to be intense competition for a limited amount of jobs.

Occupations in Sports Administration
(sorted by Job Zone)

Sports Coach / Instructor

Trains and coaches athletes and sports people helping them to improve their techniques and performance.

Sports Development Officer

Promote access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Often organise projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate.

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

Invents new training equipment, better ways to measure performance and even fabrication of performance clothing.

Sports Scientist

Work with clients to improve their sporting performance and general health using their knowledge of areas such as physiology, biomechanics and psychology.