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.

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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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