Is a career in Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport a good fit for me?

A career in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport will appeal to those who enjoy physical activity, expressing their creativity, and experiencing diverse cultures and new experiences. Rates of pay can vary and range quite substantially. Usually, those with higher degrees of education receive higher wages. People who work in this industry are employed in both the private and public sectors. Artists, cultural ambassadors and athletes often are not tied down to one specific location and travel can be a requirement of their employment.  An entrepreneurial spirit is a huge asset in this field as many artists will start businesses in order to market and sell the products they create.  Since professional athletes will often have a shorter career in the competitive realm, many will also pursue entrepreneurship providing expertise as a coach, trainer, or consultant.   

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Resources for Careers in Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport

For detailed Labour Market Information on Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport positions, including all job titles in this category:

Province of New Brunswicks Occupational Profiles

Additional Resources

New Brunswick Museum

New Brunswick Public Library

Corporation of Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters of New Brunswick

New Brunswick Filmakers Co-operative

Saint John Arts Centre

Cultural Development Branch (GNB)

Music New Brunswick

Society of Composers, authors and music publishers of Canada

Professional Photographers of Canada

Theatre New Brunswick

Sport NB

New Brunswick Film Nouveau Brunswick

Canadian Council of the Arts

New Brunswick Craft Council

Writers Federation of New Brunswick

Sport GO NB Grant

Hockey New Brunswick - Officials

Basketball New Brunswick

Baseball New Brunswick

Soccer New Brunswick

Lacrosse NB

Potash Corp Civic Centre

How Do I Get There?

There are a range of art, culture, recreation and sport occupations and therefore a variety of paths to follow to reach the career of your choice. Entry-level arts, culture, recreation and sport occupations typically require some post-secondary training and/ or often require job-specific licensing/additional training. Make sure you research your specific occupation ahead of time so that you know you will meet these requirements.

Training options for art, culture, recreation and sport professions include private training school, college, and university. See the lists below for a better idea of which post-secondary destination is right for you. 

Private Training

Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage – Fredericton & Dieppe
  • Massage Therapy
  • Sports Massage

Ally Beauty Academy Inc.
  • Aesthetics/Medical
  • Hairstyling
  • Nail Technology

Amoura Aesthetics
  • General Aesthetics
  • Gel Nail Technician

Atlantic Business College Ltd.
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Atlantic Hairstyling Academy
  • Hairstyling
  • Medical Spa Aesthetics

Atlantic School of Reflexology
  • Foot Reflexology

Atlantica College
  • 3D Animation

Chez Bernard Beauty Academy Inc.
  • Hairstylist

Davinci College of Art & Design NB Ltd.
  • 2D Animation
  • Animation for Game, Film and Visual Effects
  • Auto Engineering and Production
  • Digital Photography
  • Film and Media Production
  • Graphic Design and Web Development

Eastern College
  • Health, Wellness and Recreation
  • Barbering
  • Interior Decorating
  • Tourism and Travel
  • Video Game Design

Ecole de coiffure LaFrance School of Hair Design
  • Hairdressing/Cosmétologie

Elite Dog Grooming & Academy
  • Dog Grooming

En Vogue Studio de Coiffure Enr.
  • Coiffure Styliste

L’Institute Jon rayMond
  • Aesthetics/Esthétique
  • Gel Nail Technician/Technicien(ne) en ongles en gel
  • Hairstyling/Coiffure
  • Makeup/Maquillage
  • Medical Aesthetic/Esthétique médicale

Kreative Cosmetology
  • Hairstyling
  • Esthetics
  • Makeup

Majestany Institute
  • Aesthetics
  • Hairstyling
  • Medical Aesthetics
  • Nail Technology

McKenzie College
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography and Media Arts
  • Software tester
  • Video Game Art
  • Visual Arts Foundation

Medes College
  • Advanced Esthetics
  • Esthetics
  • Makeup Artistry

Oulton College
  • Travel & Hospitality
  • Advanced Web Development/programming

Salon Carrousel
  • Coiffeur(se) Styliste

Salon Chez Robert
  • Barbier
  • Barbier Long Terme en salon

Sharon’s Grooming Shop
  • Dog Grooming

Public College

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) offers a variety of programs specializing in art, culture, recreation and sport occupations/professions including:
  • Applied and Media Arts
  • Animation and Graphics – Miramichi Campus
  • Digital Photography – Woodstock Campus
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Culinary Arts – Moncton
  • Culinary Arts Management – Saint Andrews
  • Event Management – Online
  • Hotel and Restaurant Operations – Saint Andrews
  • International Travel and Tourism – Saint Andrews

Collège communautaire de Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) offers similar art, culture, recreation and sport programs in French. 

Visit or for further details, program dates, and locations. 


Universities in New Brunswick offer a range of degrees focused on art, culture, recreation and sport. Professionals often begin with an undergraduate program in arts, fine arts, kinesiology, recreation and sport studies followed by a number of years of classroom and technical training, as well as graduate-level programs where applicable. Progression to management positions is possible with experience.
Some examples of university programs in New Brunswick are:

UNB Programs
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Recreation and Sports Studies

Mount Allison University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences
  • Bachelor of Sciences

Crandall University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Theology

Université de Moncton (Programs offered in French)
  • Baccalaureat en des Arts
  • Baccalaureat en Des Sciences Sociales

What Skills Do I Need?

A review of job advertisements across New Brunswick for Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport positions revealed that employers are consistently asking for the following Essential Skills:

  • Effective Communication – Being able to communicate effectively with clients, customers and consumers orally is essential for careers in the arts, culture, recreation and sports industry. It is often essential to be an effective written communicator in the non-profit sector of the industry where grant writing and fundraising for specific events, galas, galleries, and sporting tournaments. Effective communication was essential for the majority of careers in the arts, culture, recreation and sports industry.

  • Working with others – Whether it be in a leadership role or working as partners, side-by-side, trying to reach the same goal, working with others is considered an imperative skill to have in the arts, culture, recreation and sports industry.

Other Essential Skills that were requested, but less frequently than those listed above were:

  • Reading-  Rules, playbooks, and written instructions are found in many of the careers in this category, reading skills are therefore important for potential candidates

  • Numeracy and budgeting skills - From self-employed artists, to those responsible for organizing large sporting events, using numbers are important for all.

Other skills most frequently included by employers were:

  • Flexibility
  • Safety Conscious
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal Skills
Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport
This skill type category includes professional and technical occupations related to art and culture, including the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, libraries and museums. It also includes occupations in recreation and sport.

When conducting labour market research in areas where occupations are defined by a 5 digit NOC (National Occupational Classification) code, the first digit of the code for all Art, Culture, Recreation & Sports occupations is 5.

Landing a Job in Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport

To secure a position in Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport you will need to highlight the skills that employers are looking for from their employees.  The previous section on skills will help you recognize the most sought after skills.  If there are areas you feel you need to work on, it would be a good idea to practice.

For detailed information on how to conduct an effective job search, visit the job search section of our website by clicking here

In order to prepare for an interview in Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport it would be a great idea to think of a time when you have demonstrated each of the skills listed above.  Here are some additional interview questions to help you prepare:

Interview Questions for careers in  Arts & Culture

  • Tell us about your medium and why you chose this form of creative expression.

  • What do you consider to be the current trends in your field?

  • How do you stay up to date with new developments in your field?

  • What do you consider your most successful project and why?

  • What drives you to work in the field of fine arts?

  • Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?

  • Do you enjoy collaboration work? Working in teams?

  • How do you think/want other people to respond to your art?

  • What are some quality advertisements, commercials, or publications you feel are successful in communicating an idea or concept?

Interview Questions for careers in Sport & Recreation

  • What are your behaviors that inspire or motivate others?

  • What methods do you use to organize your time?

  • How do you know when you have achieved success?

  • What do you see as your biggest challenge?

  • Describe any recent conferences, events or training sessions you have attended.

  • Give examples of ideas you've had or implemented.

  • How do you keep track of things you need to do?

  • Give an example of when and where you have given a presentation or talk to a group of people.

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