Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Sports Talent Scout
Sports scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the amateur or professional levels.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Sports Talent Scout do?
Sports scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the amateur or professional levels. Many sports coaches are also involved in scouting.
As a sports scout, you would:
- watch or document either young or already established players in their respective fields
- assess the skills of players and make judgment calls as to whether or not they are a perfect fit for the team they play / work for
- approach players to sign them up for the organisation(s) you represent
- travel regularly and spend numerous hours reviewing footage, statistics and interviewing coaches and teammates.
Key skills and interests
To become a sports talent scout, you would need:
- a thorough understanding of your preferred sport
- good communication skills
- good interpersonal skills
- strong negotiation skills
- preparedness to travel and to work evenings and weekends
- good computer skills to use software to aid and assist in the evaluation of talent being scouted.
Working hours and conditions
Sports talent scouts often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Full-time scouts usually work more than 40 hours a week for several months during the sports season.
Scouts travel frequently to sporting events and may be required to travel more extensively when searching for talented athletes.
Rising participation in high school sports and the growing interest in professional sport could increase demand for sports talent scouts.
Professional sports teams must attract the best athletes to remain competitive. However, this is a highly specialised job and therefore a small number of opportunities will only ever be available.