Sport Instructor

By William Burnett

Nature of Work

Duties and Tasks: Sports instructors teach their students the rules of a game, basic moves, techniques, safety precautions, and how to use equipment.

Place of Work: Sports instructors are employed by sports associations, college athletic departments, holiday resorts, health spas, clubs, parks, and recreational facilities. Some instructors are self-employed, giving private lessons to many different clients.

Work Conditions: Working conditions vary depending on the sport.

Abilities needed: Sports instructors assess each participant’s level of ability and may assign game positions accordingly.


School you can Attend: Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, & Hillsdale College

Education Needed: Depending on where you want to work, you may also be required to have a college degree. Relevant areas of study include physical education, exercise science, physiology, and kinesiology.

Important School Subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology, Business & Management, Health & Physical Education

Personal Impression

Best Parts: Helping people get better the sport they love.

Teaching them the fundamental of the sport they want to get into.

Worst Part: See the people leave when they don't need your help anymore.

Values That Match This Career: It takes skill to teach all these different sports.

Another one is power it takes a lot of power to get overcome the obstacles that gets in your way.


Salary Per Year: $17,000 to $66,000 per year

Salary Per Hour: minimum wage is $12 an hour, while those with higher certification and more experience can earn $15 to $20 an hour or more.

In Michigan: The annual is $39,027