Sports Scouts

Sports scouts observe athletic contests and athletes to gather information that will help the team that employs them. They may attend a game in the hopes of recruiting a player, or they may accumulate information about an opponent's players and strategies. There are approximately 1,000 professional sports scouts in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Recruitment Scouts
Duties Attend high school, college, and professional games to gather information about athletes; study the opponent's players and strategies to help their team win games
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the world
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
Experience Experience as an athlete, coach, or manager required
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Scouting
  • Scouting Supervisor
  • Professional League Scout
  • College Scout
  • High School Scout

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