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Sports Scouts

Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), employment opportunities for scouts and coaches are expected to grow by 11 percent, much faster than the average for all careers, through 2028, but competition for jobs will be keen. One caveat to this employment growth is the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on sports. The postponement or cancellation of many team sports and competitions in 2020 has slowed the demand for sports-related professionals, including sports scouts. Employment growth is expected to resume later in 2021, when the pandemic comes to an end and sports events are in full operation. In general, the sports scouts field is small and most work for professional teams. Baseball is the sport that employs the greatest number of scouts. Due to the limited number of professional scouts, most job opportunities will be found with lower-level sports, such as with high school and college athletic teams. The DOL reports that the "growing interest in college and professional sports will also increase demand for scouts. In addition, as college tuition increases and scholarships become more competitive, high school athletes will hire scouts directly, in an effort to increase their chances of receiving a college scholarship."

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