Job description

Sports scouts search, study and recruit new members of an amateur, collegiate or professional sports team. They assess athletes’ physical skills, attitude, education and overall talent to determine if they would be a good fit for their team. Most scouts will either work for a specific sports team or an external organisation that offers information to teams.


    • Peruse newspapers and online journals to locate potential fits to your roster
    • Attend practices to personally evaluate athletes and assess their talent
    • Watch videos study the minute details of every person you are interested in
    • Determine if athletes have a spot in your organisation
    • Read through pages of data analysis regarding players and if they fit your organisation’s goals
    • Travel to other parts of the world to see athletes’ sporting abilities
    • Send recruitment letters, meet athletes and offer incentives (scholarships or signing bonuses)
    • Come up with new strategies to gauge players’ relevant skills to ensure they meet your needs
    • Write reports explaining to your superiors why certain athletes would be suitable picks
    • Compare prospective talents to players on competing teams or schools

Skills and qualities

Time management

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.


New jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.


Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.


Career progression

As a sports scout, you will typically begin your career as a talent spotter in a particular area or region. With experience, you can advance to becoming a supervising scout in an organisation.

Working conditions

Average hours

40h/ week

Typical schedule

Full Time

Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally

Sports scouts generally work during regular business hours, although they may occasionally be required to work evenings, weekends or holidays to evaluate an athlete and determine their fitness and eligibility to play on the team.

As a sports scout, you will primarily work in an office setting, combing through data, although regular travel (both home and abroad) to attend sporting events is to be expected.


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Top 10%


Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level


Bachelor’s degree in business or related subject

Study time

4 years

To become a sports scout, you will typically need a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, sales or sports management.

No previous playing experience is required, although it can improve job prospects.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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