Sports Instructors and Coaches


Sports Instructors and Coaches


Sports instructors demonstrate and explain the skills and rules of particular sports, like golf or tennis, to individuals or groups. They help beginners learn basic rules, stances, grips, movements, and techniques of a game. Sports instructors often help experienced athletes to sharpen their skills.

Coaches work with a single, organized team or individual, teaching the skills associated with that sport. A head coach, or manager, prepares her or his team for competition. During the competition, he or...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Several years experience recommended



Coaching/Physical Training


Personality Traits



Earnings for sports instructors and coaches vary considerably depending on the sport and the person or team being coached. The coach of a Wimbledon champion commands much more money per hour than the swimming instructor for the tadpole class at the municipal pool.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that the median earnings for sports coaches and scouts were $34,840 in May 2019. T...

Work Environment

An instructor or coach may work indoors, in a gym or health club, or outdoors, perhaps at a swimming pool. Much of the work is part time. Full-time sports instructors generally work between 35 and 40 hours per week. During the season when their teams compete, coaches can work 16 hours each day, five or six days each week.

It is common for coaches or instructors to work evenings or weeken...


Americans' interest in health, physical fitness, and body image continues to send people to gyms and playing fields. This fitness boom has created strong employment opportunities for many people in sports-related occupations. Health clubs, community centers, parks and recreational facilities, and private business now employ sports instructors who teach everything from tennis and golf to scuba d...