Help athletes reach peak performance with a degree in sport science

Sport is about more than medals, trophies or sponsorships. It is about community, finding your passion, expressing your talent and striving to be the best you can possibly be.

It is no wonder then that so many people choose to pursue a career in sport. Working with sporting teams and individuals to improve performance in a wide variety of ways is an exciting and challenging job. And beyond this, career opportunities in the sport industry are diverse, with something for everyone.

The market of sport-related jobs is also growing, with professional and community sport leagues and organisations expanding around the world. This means there is more demand than ever for people qualified in sport science, exercise programming and delivery, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning. In Australia alone, jobs growth in the sport industry is forecasted to grow by 13% between 2018 and 2023, according to an Australian Government report.


People are increasingly recognising the importance of physical activity and sport in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is well known that playing sport contributes to muscle development, coordination, general health and the prevention of chronic diseases.

Sport can also have a range of mental health benefits, including stress reduction and improved sleep. Combined with the fact that sport can bring communities together in a positive way, it is clear to see why a career in the sporting industry can be so fulfilling.

A degree in exercise and sport science is a great first step towards a career in sport. Studying exercise and sport science involves learning how to improve the health, performance and potential of athletes, teams and individuals engaging in sport.

There is also a wide range of career opportunities available. Graduates can work in different areas of sport science, such as strength and conditioning, performance analysis and exercise physiology, as well as other roles in community health and wellness rehabilitation or health promotion.

With a long-standing reputation for excellence in sport education, Deakin University maintains its position as the #3 sport science school worldwide for the third year running. Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree will help kick-start your career in this exciting industry. In this course you will learn from industry professionals and gain 220 hours of practical experience, so you graduate with the skills that employers seek.

Deakin’s Elite Sports Precinct provides students with placement opportunities and features state-of-the-art sports training facilities, teaching labs and extensive equipment used by elite sporting professionals.

For further information about studying at Deakin and courses that relate to sport, visit our sport page.

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