A coach helps an individual or team to be more successful by organizing practices, planning strategies, working with individuals on their weaknesses, identifying recruits for the team, and motivating players to do their best.
A four-year bachelor’s degree is generally required. Earning a degree in exercise science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, or sports medicine may be very helpful in getting a job. Generally, coaches have also had experience playing whatever game they are coaching at a competitive level. Coaches in high schools often have to meet the same criteria as teachers, so they may have a degree in education or they may have had to take a certain number of education courses.
Employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 12 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rising participation in high school and college sports should increase demand for coaches and scouts.
Coaches typically work at all levels of the educational system where there are competitive sports, especailly high school and college. This job usually requires working nights and weekends. Many high school coaches only do this part-time.