5251 – Athletes

5251 – Athletes

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team 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.

Example titles

  • 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

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.


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

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