Job type

Sports scientist

£20k - £60k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

Sports scientists use knowledge of how the body works to help people improve their health or sporting ability.

More info

  • Help people improve their health or sporting ability
  • You'll need the ability to analyse physical and sporting performance
  • You could work with universities, schools and colleges & large sporting organisations


  • Work with sports coaches and sports therapists to improve the performance of individuals and teams
  • Work with doctors to help people improve their health through exercise
  • Work with hospitals and other health organisations in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation
  • Take part in research projects
  • Offer advice on the design and manufacture of sports equipment


You may work weekends and evenings to cover appointments with clients and you may have to work extra hours to complete research. You could work in an NHS or private hospital, on a sports field, at a research facility, in an office, at a client's business or at a fitness centre. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with the ability to analyse physical and sporting performance, and the ability to apply scientific ideas and principles.

You'll need a degree in sport science, or a degree in a related subject like physical education, physiology or psychology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in sport science.

It's becoming common for sports scientists to already have or be working towards postgraduate qualifications like MRes, MSc or PhD.

Experience as fitness instructor, lifeguard, coach or through volunteering, for example with a sports club, may improve your career prospects.

You could join the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and work towards accreditation. You could also apply for Chartered Scientist status.


You could find work with universities, schools and colleges, large sporting organisations, public and private enterprises and local authorities. It's also possible to become self-employed or to work as a consultant. You could also move into a related career area, like sports development or performance testing and research.