What does a Coach do?

Coaches work with clients to help them develop and perfect a skill. They are employed in various settings, including on sports teams, with school subjects, and with particular skills including life skills. Coaches identify their clients’ strengths and weaknesses, and identify and help them to improve upon and strengthen both.

Coaches identify opportunities from a client's needs, objectives, and skill sets. They assist clients by offering constructive criticism for improvement, and they ensure their clients are continuing to develop their desired skills. Coaches provide valuable information and suitable pathways from their clients needs and skills, their interests and qualifications, and their experience. A coach will conduct tests that assess a client's skill and ability and provide feedback and suggestions based upon test results. Coaches review a client's portfolio and suggest improvements as needed. They work with a client to set goals and revisit those goals or revise as needed once goals have been achieved. Coaches need a minimum bachelor’s degree in and certification to coach in their area of expertise.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Coach Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,270 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $51K
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Coach Career Path

Learn how to become a Coach, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Coach III
Lead Coach
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Coach Insights

Read what Coach professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Kvell Fitness and NutritionKvell Fitness and Nutrition
Head Coach
Jan. 14, 2020

“His leadership and belief in me shifted the path of my life and I'm forever grateful.”

New Haven Youth & Family ServicesNew Haven Youth & Family Services
TBS Coach
May 7, 2021

“Flexible schedule is a plus and I was able to work there while getting my Master degree.”

Gordon Food ServiceGordon Food Service
Halperns' BDS
Jul. 13, 2020

“I really don't have any they really have a great retirement program and weekly compensation.”

Dragon ArmyDragon Army
Growth Coach
Mar. 19, 2021

“I made some great friends in my time there and really enjoyed getting to know everyone.”

Shakers Family Restaurant
Peer Recovery Coach
Jan. 21, 2021

“No retirement and no chance to reach your highest level of potential just like any restaurant really.”

Children of Lir Gymnastics ClubChildren of Lir Gymnastics Club
Feb. 24, 2021

“there is a great work atmosphere in children of lir and the best interests of the children always come first.”

Orangetheory FitnessOrangetheory Fitness
Head Coach
Jun. 11, 2020

“If you have a good owner and region it can be one of the best fitness companies to work for.”

Stay Plugged IN
Oct. 18, 2021

“Provided many opportunities to me and It was really nice to have like minded people working together.”

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