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Professional Sportsperson

Kaiwhakataetae Ngaio

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

Professional sportspeople take part in competitive national and international sports such as rugby, cricket, golf, horse racing, and tennis, or may be employed as lifeguards.


Pay for professional sportspeople varies depending on the sport, the individual's ability, and their performance.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a professional sportsperson are poor because competition is extremely high.
A rugby player kicking a ball towards the goal

Professional sportspeople take part in tournaments and competitions (Photo: Skills Active Aotearoa)

Last updated 24 January 2018