Coaches & Scouts
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events. They are employed by national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities or they may be self-employed. Sports scouts identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams and are employed by professional sports organizations. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- A Day in the Life of a Coach - The Princeton Review
- Sokanu: occupational profile and videos (U.S.)
- Interview: A Day in the Life of a Pro Scout (U.S) - Akron Beacon Journal / Ohio.com
Coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many Canadian coaching positions require completion of the National Coaching Certificate Program (NCCP) with the requirements varying based on the type of coaching. Some positions may also require the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. The University of Manitoba offers related degrees in physical education and kinesiology as well as an Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice course that prepares students for certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (Competition B). Please view the links below for more information.
Sports Scouts come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some may have worked previously as coaches or athletes. Some positions may require the completion of a degree. The University of Manitoba offers degrees in physical education and kinesiology that can meet this requirement.
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management - offers courses relevant to coaching including PHED 3722 which introduces students to the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) of Canada and the coach certification pathway
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Reports (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
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- Canadian Colleges Athletic Association
- Coaching Association of Canada
- Coaching Manitoba
- Athletics Canada
- Athletics Manitoba
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport)
- National College Athletics Association (U.S)
- International Council for Coaching Excellence
- Canada's National Sport Organizations (NSOs) - listing from Own The Podium
- National Women's Soccer League
- Major League Soccer
- Canadian Football League
- National Women's Hockey League - Teams
- National Hockey League - Teams
- National Football League - Teams
- National Basketball Association - Teams
- Women's National Basketball Association - Teams
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