Athletes

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5251

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.

Job Duties for Athletes

  • 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.

Working Conditions for Athletes

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the sport. Most sports are high-intensity physical activities and require frequent training.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Amateur Athlete
  • Archer
  • Athlete
  • Automobile Racer
  • Badminton Player
  • Baseball Player
  • Basketball Player
  • Billiard Player
  • Bowler
  • Boxer
  • Canoeist
  • Chess Player
  • Chuckwagon Driver
  • Chuckwagon Racer - Stampede
  • Competitor - Chess
  • Competitor - Gambling
  • Coxswain
  • Curler
  • Cyclist
  • Demolition Driver
  • Discus Thrower
  • Diver - Olympic Sport
  • Fencer
  • Figure Skater
  • Football Player
  • Footballer
  • Gamer - Video Games
  • Golf Player
  • Golfer
  • Gymnast
  • Hammer Thrower
  • Handball Player
  • Harness Race Driver
  • Harness Racing Driver
  • Helmsman - Sports
  • Hockey Player
  • Javelin Thrower
  • Jockey
  • Judoka
  • Jumper
  • Pentathlete
  • Ping-pong Player
  • Poker Player
  • Prize Fighter
  • Professional Athlete
  • Professional Boxer
  • Professional Pool Player
  • Professional Sportsman/woman
  • Race Car Driver
  • Rider
  • Rodeo Performer
  • Rower
  • Sailboarder
  • Short-distance Runner
  • Shot Put
  • Skater
  • Skier
  • Snowboarder
  • Soccer Player
  • Sprinter
  • Stampede Performer
  • Stampede Racer
  • Standardbred Pacer
  • Stock Car Racer
  • Sulky Driver
  • Swimmer
  • Table Tennis Player
  • Tennis Player
  • Track Athlete
  • Volleyball Player
  • Water-polo Player
  • Weight-lifter
  • Wrestler
  • Athlete
  • Baseball Player
  • Boxer
  • Figure Skater
  • Football Player
  • Golfer
  • Harness Race Driver
  • Hockey Player
  • Jockey
  • Professional Athlete
  • Skier
  • Sprinter
  • Track Athlete
  • Competitor - Gambling
  • Gamer - Video Games