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Career Opportunities for Coaches

Kristin Werdann
Kristin Werdann coached nonstop through the seasons while pursuing her master’s degree in coaching education online. Read her story.

The good news for those who pace the sidelines and coach their teams to victory is that career opportunities for athletic coaches are expected to rise 20 percent, a much faster rate than other occupations, over the next several years. The prospects look particularly good for coaches with advanced training and experience.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, what is driving the growth in the coaching field?*

  • The need to replace the many high school coaches who will retire or transfer will provide the most coaching opportunities. (The best prospects are for those who are state-certified to teach academic subjects.)
  • The increased need, especially at the college level, for coaches in women’s athletics.
  • The demand for private sports instruction is expected to grow as parents encourage their children to pursue fitness and their full potential.
  • The increasing number of retirees who will need instruction as they participate in leisure activities such as golf and tennis.

To find some of the latest job postings in the coaching field at:

Get started on your next coaching career move, by requesting more information about the Ball State master's in physical education with a coaching specialization. 

*  Information from  Occupational Outlook Handbook , 2010-2011 Edition, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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