Coach (Sports)

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$31,000 /yr
$71,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Physical Education
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good in lower levels over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a lot of competition for these positions at higher levels (e.g., college) because they are limited in number.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada