Coaches and scouts held about 250,600 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most coaches and scouts were as follows:
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private
Arts, entertainment, and recreation
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
About 1 in 10 were self-employed in 2014.
Some scouts may work for organizations that work directly with high school athletes. These scouts collect information on the athlete and help promote him or her to potential colleges.
At the college level, scouts typically work for scouting organizations or as self-employed scouts to help colleges recruit the best high school athletes.
Scouts at the professional level are typically employed by the team or organization directly.
Those people who coach and scout for outdoor sports may be exposed to all weather conditions of the season. In addition, they must travel often to attend sporting events. This is particularly true for those in professional sports.
Coaches and scouts often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Professional or college coaches usually work more than 40 hours a week for several months during the sport's season, if not most of the year. Many high school coaches work part time and may have other jobs aside from coaching.