Coaches and Scouts
SOC: 27-2022.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
250,600 employed

Projected (2024):
265,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advance Scout
  • Assistant Basketball Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Assistant Football Coach
  • Assistant Softball Coach
  • Assistant Track and Field Coach
  • Assistant Track Coach
  • Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Instructor
  • Athletic Scout
  • Athletics Teacher
  • Baseball Club Manager
  • Baseball Coach
  • Baseball Scout
  • Basketball Coach
  • Bowling Teacher
  • Boxing Trainer
  • Cheerleading Coach
  • Coach
  • College Basketball Coach
  • College Coach
  • College Football Coach
  • College Scouting Coordinator
  • Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
  • Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
  • Defensive Secondary Coach
  • Director of Athletics
  • Director of Physical Education
  • Diving Coach
  • Diving Instructor
  • Equestrian Trainer
  • Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach
  • Flag Football Coach
  • Football Coach
  • Golf Coach
  • Golf Instructor
  • Golf Teacher
  • Gymnasium Teacher
  • Gymnastic Coach
  • Gymnastic Teacher
  • Gymnastics Coach
  • Head Coach
  • High School Football Coach
  • Hitting Coach
  • Hockey Scout
  • Horse Trainer
  • Ice Hockey Coach
  • Ice Skating Coach
  • Ice Skating Teacher
  • Judo Teacher
  • Karate Instructor
  • Karate Teacher
  • Lacrosse Coach
  • Martial Arts Instructor
  • Men's Basketball Coach
  • Men's Golf Coach
  • Men's Swim Coach
  • National Basketball Association Scout (NBA Scout)
  • Offensive Coordinator
  • Physical Director
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Pitching Coach
  • Professional Athletes Coach
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Racehorse Trainer
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Riding Coach
  • Riding Instructor
  • Riding Teacher
  • Scout
  • Scuba Diving Teacher
  • Scuba Instructor
  • Ski Instructer
  • Skiing Teacher
  • Skin Diving Teacher
  • Soccer Coach
  • Softball Coach
  • Sports Recruiter
  • Sports Teacher
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Swim Coach
  • Swim Instructor
  • Swimming Coach
  • Swimming Instructor
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Tennis Coach
  • Tennis Instructor
  • Trampoline Team Coach
  • Volleyball Coach
  • Women's Basketball Coach
  • Women's Lacrosse Coach
  • Women's Soccer Coach
  • Women's Swim Coach
  • Wrestling Coach

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions.
  • Plan strategies and choose team members for individual games or sports seasons.
  • Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that will enable athletes to achieve maximum performance.
  • Adjust coaching techniques, based on the strengths and weaknesses of athletes.
  • File scouting reports that detail player assessments, provide recommendations on athlete recruitment, and identify locations and individuals to be targeted for future recruitment efforts.
  • 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.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams to develop game strategies.
  • Evaluate athletes' skills and review performance records to determine their fitness and potential in a particular area of athletics.
  • Keep abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to their sport.
  • Monitor athletes' use of equipment to ensure safe and proper use.
  • Develop and arrange competition schedules and programs.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Serve as organizer, leader, instructor, or referee for outdoor and indoor games, such as volleyball, football, and soccer.
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of sports and training equipment, such as trampolines or weights.
  • Arrange and conduct sports-related activities, such as training camps, skill-improvement courses, clinics, and pre-season try-outs.
  • Select, acquire, store, and issue equipment and other materials as necessary.
  • Negotiate with professional athletes or their representatives to obtain services and arrange contracts.
  • Provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to prepare athletes for games, competitive events, or tours.
  • Teach instructional courses and advise students.
  • Contact the parents of players to provide information and answer questions.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements and travel with team to away contests.
  • Hire, supervise, and work with extended coaching staff.
  • Keep and review paper, computerized, and video records of athlete, team, and opposing team performance.
  • Counsel student athletes on academic, athletic, and personal issues.
  • Perform activities that support a team or a specific sport, such as participating in community outreach activities, meeting with media representatives, and appearing at fundraising events.
  • Monitor the academic eligibility of student athletes.
  • Identify and recruit potential athletes by sending recruitment letters, meeting with recruits, and arranging and offering incentives, such as athletic scholarships.
  • Oversee the development and management of the sports program budget and fundraising activities.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Baseball catching gloves
  • Communications headsets
  • Cyclical variations in adaptive conditioning CVAC pods
  • Digital stopwatches
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Field hockey sticks
  • Figure skates
  • Football training dummies
  • Football training sleds
  • Ice hockey skates
  • Ice hockey sticks
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Motion analysis equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Regulation basketballs
  • Regulation footballs
  • Regulation soccer balls
  • Regulation volleyballs
  • Speed measuring radar guns
  • Speed skates
  • Tablet computers
  • Track and field hurdles
  • Vaulting poles
  • Weighlifting analysis equipment
  • C++
  • Facebook
  • Graphics creation software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Motion analysis software
  • Online registration software
  • Performance database software
  • Scheduling software
  • Statistical software
  • Twitter
  • Video analysis software
  • Video editing software
  • Video file conversion software
  • Web browser software
  • Website creation software
  • YouTube

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980