5251- Athletes

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Job Description: 

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. Athletes are employed by professional team organizations or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties: 

Athletes perform 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.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Coaches (5252)
Sports instructors (in 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness)
Sports officials and referees (5253)

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Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X