Sports science training

UNIside | 2022-10-28
In the field of sports science, there are 3 bachelor's degrees to choose from.

This article was published in the UNI 2022 summer edition.

Bachelor’s degree courses:

  • coaching 
  • recreation and lifestyle
  • sports management

In the field of sports science, there are 3 bachelor’s degrees to choose from. The highest average monthly gross salary in terms of average monthly gross income is in

  • sports management course (HUF 287,000) and 
  • recreation management and health promotion (HUF 248,000)

in the 2019 survey. Depending on the subject, those interested in the field of study can choose between several higher education institutions, including those in the capital and in rural areas.

Ranking of institutions

Average starting salary after graduation is taken as a ranking indicator.

The average gross monthly income of sports science graduates in the 2017/18 academic year (based on 2019 data) is close to HUF 256,000, but there are significant differences between institutions. For full-time students only, the highest salaries were those of EKKE graduates, with a monthly gross salary of more than HUF 316,000. In terms of average gross monthly income, SZE is in second place with HUF 270,000, while ELTE is in third place with HUF 269,000. 

On average, 76% of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in a field of study start working within 1.9 months of graduation. 53% of graduates find a graduate job, the highest proportion among graduates from TE (71%) and DE (63%).

Around 20% of graduates choose to continue their studies in employment after graduation, the highest proportion among TE (30%) and DE (27%) graduates.

Top 3 universities

The average gross monthly income of EKKE graduates is close to HUF 316,000, which puts the institution at the top of our education area rankings for post-graduate earnings. Graduates are in employment in a little less than two months after graduation, but the proportion of graduates in employment is low (51%) compared to other fields of study. On average, EKKE students complete their bachelor’s degree in more than 8 active semesters.

The average gross monthly income of graduates from SZE is close to HUF 270,000, putting the university in second place in the ranking of training areas. After graduation, graduates are already employed in a little less than two months, with 41% of graduates in graduate jobs. On average, graduates from SZE complete their bachelor’s degree in almost 7 active semesters.

The average gross monthly income of ELTE graduates is close to HUF 269,000, putting the institution in third place in the ranking of education areas. Graduates are in employment within about 1.7 months after graduation, with 59% of them in graduate jobs. In the field of sports science, ELTE is one of the larger institutions, with 128 graduates in 2017-18.

The labour market situation of graduates in sports science

A high proportion of sport science graduates with a bachelor’s degree, nearly 10%, have studied abroad (e.g. under Erasmus) during their studies. During the training (before graduation), about half of the students had a professional job and 71% a nonprofessional job. 

After graduation, around 29% of graduates settle and/or continue their studies in Budapest or County Pest. After completing their initial training, they typically find employment in the private sector (67% of graduates), 12% in the public sector and around 21% in non-profit or other employment. 

There is a high proportion of graduates in the field who are employed in the labour market (85%). Overall, graduates in sport science are satisfied with their jobs (67%), but this is lower than in many other fields.