Coaching and Scouting

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Coaches and Scouts


What Coaches and Scouts Do


· Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches are also involved in scouting.


Work Environment


· Coaches and scouts often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Full-time coaches usually work more than 40 hours a week for several months during the sports season. Coaches travel frequently to sporting events. Scouts may be required to travel more extensively when searching for talented athletes.


How to Become a Coach or Scout


· Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the game. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. However, although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is typically not required for most scouting jobs.


Pay


· The median annual wage for coaches and scouts was $28,360 in May 2012.


Job Outlook


· Employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing participation in high school and college sports will boost demand for coaches and scouts.


Similar Occupations


· Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of coaches and scouts with similar occupations.


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