Coaches and Scouts


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+20% (much faster than the average)


What Coaches and Scouts Do

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports for the primary purpose of competition. 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 certifications should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

Other Job Titles Coaches and Scouts May Have

Basketball Coach, Coach, Football Coach, Track and Field Coach

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Author / Director of Athletics ,

Ryerson University

I am responsible for the strategy, leadership and management of the Department of Athletics which is composed of 12 varsity teams, over 20 multi-tiered intramural leagues, several sports clubs and other extensive offerings. I am constantly working on developing new ways to improve the performance of our coaches, staff, and athletes. I also occasionally do motivational speaking events.

Head Coach ,

Brown University

Get to work. Check email messages. Meet with players for individual skills work. Go to any meetings with superiors. Training with the team.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions.
  • Provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to prepare athletes for games, competitive events, or tours.
  • Adjust coaching techniques, based on the strengths and weaknesses of athletes.
  • 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.
  • Plan strategies and choose team members for individual games or sports seasons.

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