Sports Instructors and Coaches

Sports instructors demonstrate and explain the skills and rules of particular sports, like golf or tennis, to individuals or groups. They help beginners learn basic rules, stances, grips, movements, and techniques of a game. Sports instructors often help experienced athletes to sharpen their skills.

Coaches work with a single, organized team or individual, teaching the skills associated with that sport. A head coach, or manager, prepares her or his team for competition. During the competition, he or she continues to give instruction from a vantage point near the court or playing field. 

Approximately 206,080 coaches and scouts are employed in the United States. 

Quick Facts
Duties Teach people skills associated with a particular sport; prepare athletes and/or teams for competition; provide advice and encouragement during competition
Alternate Title(s) Sports Managers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Physical Education
Experience Experience coaching young people recommended
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Head Coach or Athletic Director
  • Instructor or Coach
  • Assistant Coach

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