Career outlook for jockey
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would ride horses to win races for the owners and to entertain the crowds at the racetrack and watching on television.
You’d need excellent horse riding skills and have the dedication and determination to win.
Horse trainers would employ you to ride one of their horses at race meetings. You would either race on the flat - on a race track without obstacles - or over jumps and ditches – called National Hunt racing. You’d specialise in either flat or jump racing, although you could take part in both.
- Plan racing strategies with the horse owner and trainer
- Take advice from the trainer on tactics to suit the horse and the track
- Ride every day to exercise the horse
- Ride the horse at flat or jump races at race tracks around the UK and possibly overseas
You’d need to be able to handle horses and have a good knowledge of horse care and welfare.
It’s a demanding job physically: fitness, strength and stamina are required. There are also risks of injury, for example from falls and being kicked by a horse.
UK employment status
Search course options
Thinking about your future? There are lots of courses available that could interest you. Use our course search to explore course options.Find courses
Search job opportunities
If you're looking for your new career our job search can help you. Discover interesting opportunities and decide your next steps.Find a job
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Self awareness
- Taking responsibility
- Making decisions
- Risk taking
- Attention to detail
- Verbal communication
Your skills can help you choose the career that's right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.