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All About Coaches and Scouts

Occupation Description Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

A Day in the Life of a Coach or Scout

  • Negotiate with professional athletes or their representatives to obtain services and arrange contracts.
  • Monitor athletes' use of equipment to ensure safe and proper use.
  • Counsel student athletes on academic, athletic, and personal issues.
  • Keep and review paper, computerized, and video records of athlete, team, and opposing team performance.
  • Instruct individuals or groups in sports rules, game strategies, and performance principles, such as specific ways of moving the body, hands, or feet, to achieve desired results.
  • Hire, supervise, and work with extended coaching staff.

Skills Needed to be a Coach or Scout

These are the skills Coaches and Scouts say are the most useful in their careers:

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Job Opportunities for Coaches and Scouts

There were about 276,100 jobs for Coach or Scout in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 35,600 new jobs for Coach or Scout by 2026. There will be an estimated 42,100 positions for Coach or Scout per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Coach or Scout are Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Vermont, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Coach or Scout

Coaches and Scouts make between $18,970 and $77,880 a year.

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Coaches and Scouts who work in District of Columbia, New York, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Coaches and Scouts in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $44,030
Alaska $45,740
Arizona $49,600
Arkansas $47,560
California $45,600
Colorado $38,470
Connecticut $41,820
Delaware $40,190
District of Columbia $66,650
Florida $45,710
Georgia $45,510
Hawaii $41,840
Idaho $29,470
Illinois $38,760
Indiana $36,540
Iowa $30,960
Kansas $35,390
Kentucky $38,740
Louisiana $55,210
Maine $27,900
Maryland $43,790
Massachusetts $50,200
Michigan $47,430
Minnesota $45,120
Mississippi $51,120
Missouri $42,130
Montana $27,580
Nebraska $40,870
Nevada $35,870
New Hampshire $39,880
New Jersey $51,290
New York $56,320
North Carolina $46,420
North Dakota $32,230
Ohio $40,110
Oklahoma $42,360
Oregon $41,490
Pennsylvania $41,820
Rhode Island $46,410
South Carolina $50,250
South Dakota $34,370
Tennessee $46,940
Texas $51,800
Utah $37,230
Vermont $36,280
Virginia $42,340
Washington $43,420
West Virginia $48,160
Wisconsin $31,930
Wyoming $43,730

What Tools & Technology do Coaches and Scouts Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Coaches and Scouts:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Google Docs
  • Scheduling software
  • YouTube
  • Google Drive
  • Statistical software
  • Twitter
  • Video editing software
  • Graphics creation software
  • Motion analysis software
  • Video analysis software
  • C++
  • Website creation software

How to Become a Coach or Scout

Are there Coaches and Scouts education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Coach or Scout?

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Where Coaches and Scouts Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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