Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Coaches and Scouts include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
48.89% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
19.37% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Plan strategies and choose team members for individual games or sports seasons.
Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions.
Evaluate athletes' skills and review performance records to determine their fitness and potential in a particular area of athletics.
Provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to prepare athletes for games, competitive events, or tours.
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.
Adjust coaching techniques, based on the strengths and weaknesses of athletes.
Counsel student athletes on academic, athletic, and personal issues.
Monitor athletes' use of equipment to ensure safe and proper use.
Keep and review paper, computerized, and video records of athlete, team, and opposing team performance.
Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that will enable athletes to achieve maximum performance.
Teach instructional courses and advise students.
Identify and recruit potential athletes by sending recruitment letters, meeting with recruits, and arranging and offering incentives, such as athletic scholarships.
Coordinate travel arrangements and travel with team to away contests.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams to develop game strategies.
Monitor the academic eligibility of student athletes.
Contact the parents of players to provide information and answer questions.
Explain and demonstrate the use of sports and training equipment, such as trampolines or weights.
Serve as organizer, leader, instructor, or referee for outdoor and indoor games, such as volleyball, football, and soccer.
File scouting reports that detail player assessments, provide recommendations on athlete recruitment, and identify locations and individuals to be targeted for future recruitment efforts.
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.
Negotiate with professional athletes or their representatives to obtain services and arrange contracts.
Select, acquire, store, and issue equipment and other materials as necessary.
Arrange and conduct sports-related activities, such as training camps, skill-improvement courses, clinics, and pre-season try-outs.
Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.
Develop and arrange competition schedules and programs.
Keep abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to their sport.
Oversee the development and management of the sports program budget and fundraising activities.
Hire, supervise, and work with extended coaching staff.
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Regulation soccer balls
Motion analysis equipment
Ice hockey sticks
Ice hockey skates
Football training sleds
Football training dummies
Field hockey sticks
Digital video disk DVD players
Digital video cameras
Cyclical variations in adaptive conditioning CVAC pods
Baseball catching gloves
Graphics creation software
Motion analysis software
Online registration software
Performance database software
Video analysis software
Video editing software
Video file conversion software
Website creation software
Teaching others how to do something.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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