Becoming a Jockey
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Becoming a Jockey

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Rides horses in competitive races, race trials, and in exercise. This occupation requires high levels of physical fitness, sporting ability and personal commitment as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 56 weeks
Average pay $55,547
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 200

What does a Jockey do?

  • maintaining a high degree of expertise in a particular sport
  • attending regular practice sessions and undertaking private training to maintain the required standard of fitness
  • deciding on strategies in consultation with coaches
  • assessing other competitors and conditions at venues
  • competing in sporting events
  • adhering to the rules and regulations associated with a specific sport
  • promoting water safety awareness and undertaking rescue of persons in difficulty in the water


  • Apprentice Jockey
  • Steeplechase Jockey

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