Careers in our industries

We look after skill development in the sport, community recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation, dive, snowsport and performing arts industries. These industries are full of exciting and rewarding jobs that will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to enjoy a fun and fulfilling career.

Their Stories

Our industries make an impact

The sport, recreation and performing arts industries are complex and diverse. There are over 31,000 businesses in these industries, employing over 100,000 people and working with over a million volunteers. Our industries contribute a huge amount to the New Zealand economy - over $10 billion in 2020! By promoting active lifestyles, our industries positively impact the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Find out more about our industries in our regular Workforce Scan reports.



Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good.

By working in the exercise industry, you are in the business of creating happiness for the people you teach, support, and lead as they exercise. Qualified exercise professionals are crucial in ensuring people are able to confidently engage in physical activity in a safe and beneficial way.

There are many rewarding jobs in this industry, with more than 6,500 people currently employed across a range of roles. Keen to check out the career pathways you could run down? No sweat! Click this link.



The performing arts industry enriches and energises the cultural and social life of New Zealanders.

Professionals in the performing arts space produce, create and educate through a wide range of dynamic and complex mediums.

As an increasing number of New Zealanders engage with the performing arts industry, the range of jobs continues to expand. And with more than 9,000 businesses in the performing arts industry, it's likely the volume of jobs will only increase.

Performing arts professionals begin with a passion, upskill to become qualified, and enjoy a fulfilling career in a thriving industry. We put the spotlight on jobs in the performing arts industry, here.




The snowsport industry offers locals and tourists an exhilarating range of snow-based recreation activities to enjoy.

This industry has an avalanche of exciting jobs, and plenty of opportunity to progress as you gain more skills and experience. The skills and knowledge gained in all roles can be transferred across ski fields if you choose to chase winter. 

In New Zealand, some 3,000 people work full-time in season. If you want to be a part of this number, click here to learn more about working in the snowsport industry.




This industry touches the lives of virtually all New Zealanders.

It brings communities together – in teams, on the sidelines as spectators, in recreation facilities as users, and at recreation events as participants. Helping people to be physically active, this industry provides numerous individual and community benefits.

More than 34,000 New Zealanders have followed their passion and scored awesome careers in the sport and community recreation industry. Interested in the opportunity to work across indoor and outdoor facilities, and programmes and events? Click here to explore the diverse range of jobs this industry offers.




Central to the fabric of Kiwi life, outdoor recreation is made up of the leisure, recreational and sporting activities that offer locals and tourists so much enjoyment, including tramping, biking, kayaking and adventure tourism activities.

Those who work in the outdoor recreation industry enjoy using their expertise to guide and support people as they make the most of New Zealand's stunning natural environment.

Comprising outdoor educators, commercial outdoor operators and leisure groups, almost 11,000 people are employed across the industry. Click here to explore the mountain of career options in outdoor recreation.




New Zealand's extensive coastal regions provide a prime opportunity to interact with the marine environment.

Those with a dive skill set have the expertise to productively and safely engage with the underwater world. Dive skills can be used in a wide variety of jobs, from construction work to search and rescue, and more. Those who become qualified dive instructors are able to introduce others to an exciting aquatic world.

New Zealanders will soon be able to dive into the new qualifications that Skills Active is developing. To learn more about diver and dive instructor roles, click here.


Map your career

Career Pathway

We have captured information about over 70 of the diverse and interesting roles that our industries offer. Check out our Career Pathway tool to explore the exciting options in the sport, recreation and performing arts industries.

About industry training

Industry training is like learning to play a sport. You get the skills you need by playing the game, learning from your team, and having your coach assess and support you to develop your skills.