Coaches and Scouts

risk level
Based on 161 votes
by year 2032
or $21.58 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

0.0% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

User poll

22% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.0% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Coaches and Scouts will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Coaches and Scouts' job openings is expected to rise 20.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Coaches and Scouts' was $44,890, or $21 per hour

'Coaches and Scouts' were paid 3.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 218,970 people employed as 'Coaches and Scouts' within the United States.

This represents around 0.15% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 675 people are employed as 'Coaches and Scouts'.

Job description

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports for the primary purpose of competition. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching certifications should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

SOC Code: 27-2022.00


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HeyCoach970 (Low) says
I believe it is highly unlikely, but not impossible, because AI could view a skill being performed by an athlete and assess it's deficiencies and provide possible solutions, however -

A) Diagnosing deficiencies and providing solutions is not all coaching is.
B) Motivation, Empathy, Support... a personal connection is the deeper value of a coach. It transcends knowledge of a sport.
Jan 17, 2024 at 09:00 PM
M says
I love how you can tell which responses are from people with no athletic experience, or are thinking in terms of just one specific sport. AI will be an important tool at the professional and world-class levels, but it's not replacing coaches for technique instruction, development, motivation or leadership.
Jul 15, 2023 at 09:03 PM
Futurechild (Highly likely) says
You guys should see the future of sports performance. Technology already replaced this job.
Mar 18, 2021 at 04:58 PM
heycoach970 says
Sorry bro... there is much more to coaching than spotting deficiencies and providing corrections. I do not believe AI will be able to replace coaches... only support them.
Jan 17, 2024 at 09:03 PM
EJ says
I think that the percentage should be even lower because coaches and scouts choose players that they like, and robots can't since they have no emotions. Although robots can be smarter about making the right play or having a better strategy than humans, there is no way a robot can do everything a human coach could do.
Sep 09, 2020 at 07:20 PM
Matthew (Low) says
A robot may be a better strategist than a human, but I doubt it.
Apr 10, 2019 at 07:34 PM

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