Coaches (NOC 5252)

About this job

Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events.

People in this occupation:

  • work for national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities
  • may be self-employed

This group also includes sports scouts who identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams.

Sport scouts:

  • work for professional sports organizations
Common job titles
  • coach, amateur athletics
  • coach, head
  • coach, Olympic
  • coach, professional sports
  • coach, regional team / national team
  • scout, professionals sports



  • identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes or teams
  • plan, develop and carry out training and practice sessions
  • look after and develop athletes' potential skills and abilities
  • develop, plan and coordinate competitive schedules and programs
  • motivate and prepare athletes or teams for competitive events or games
  • prepare competitive strategy, develop game plans and direct athletes and players during games or athletic events
  • analyze and evaluate athletes' or teams' performances and modify training programs

Sports scouts:

  • identify and recruit developing athletes for professional sports teams
  • observe and evaluate prospective athletes' skills and performance, and review their past record
  • file reports on scouting assessments and recommendations with professional team employers

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various sports and recreational settings.
  • Workers may be exposed to variations in weather.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

Additional resources

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