53200 – Athletes

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

532 – Occupations in sports

Broad Occupation Category

5320 – Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse; or compete in individual sports such as skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field; or in games such as poker or chess. They are employed by professional team organizations or they may be self-employed.

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Example Titles

  • Athlete

  • Baseball player

  • Boxer

  • Figure skater

  • Football player

  • Golfer

  • Harness race driver

  • Hockey player

  • Jockey

  • Professional athlete

  • Skier

  • Sprinter

  • Track athlete

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition

  • Attend scheduled practice and training sessions

  • Participate in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events

  • Assess performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Employment Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability in a particular sport, or type of game, is required.

  • Extensive training under the supervision of a coach is required.

  • Certification with a particular sports federation may be required.

  • A background combining athletic training and college or university studies is strongly recommended.