Job description

Sports scouts search, study and recruit new members of an amateur, collegiate or professional sports team. They assess athletes’ physical skills, attitude, education and overall talent to determine if they would be a good fit for their team. Most scouts will either work for a specific sports team or an external organisation that offers information to teams.

Duties

    • Peruse newspapers and online journals to locate potential fits to your roster
    • Attend practices to personally evaluate athletes and assess their talent
    • Watch videos study the minute details of every person you are interested in
    • Determine if athletes have a spot in your organisation
    • Read through pages of data analysis regarding players and if they fit your organisation’s goals
    • Travel to other parts of the world to see athletes’ sporting abilities
    • Send recruitment letters, meet athletes and offer incentives (scholarships or signing bonuses)
    • Come up with new strategies to gauge players’ relevant skills to ensure they meet your needs
    • Write reports explaining to your superiors why certain athletes would be suitable picks
    • Compare prospective talents to players on competing teams or schools

Skills, qualities and knowledge

Communication
Leadership
Decision-making
Interpersonal
Dedication
Analytical
Judgment
Problem-solving
Numerical
Time management
Resourcefulness
Organisational

Working hours and environment

Average working hours

40hweek

Typical schedule

Full Time

Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally

Sports scouts generally work during regular business hours, although they may occasionally be required to work evenings, weekends or holidays to evaluate an athlete and determine their fitness and eligibility to play on the team.

As a sports scout, you will primarily work in an office setting, combing through data, although regular travel (both home and abroad) to attend sporting events is to be expected.

Salary

Bottom 10%

$19k

Median

$34k

Top 10%

$78k

Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

Undergraduate

DVM / VMD degree

Study time

4years

To become a sports scout, you will typically need a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, sales or sports management.

No previous playing experience is required, although it can improve job prospects.

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.

11%

No of new jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.

30.5k

Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.

1.3%

Career progression

As a sports scout, you will typically begin your career as a talent spotter in a particular area or region. With experience, you can advance to becoming a supervising scout in an organisation.