Although the strength and conditioning profession has come a long way, here are a few things that will help you master the landscape:
1. S&C Coaching Hours Are Long Year-Round: An NCAA Division I football strength and conditioning coach works an average of 71 hours per week in-season and 60 hours per week during the offseason.
2. The Future is Bright, But The Pay Gap is Large: Even though the overall coaching industry is expected to grow 29% according to the BLS, the lowest 10% of strength coaches make $17,630, and the highest 10% make $66,530.
3. Where You Are in the US Market Matters: The top five states with the highest employment rate for strength training coaches are California, Illinois, New York, Florida, and Texas.
4. S&C Budgets and Salaries Are Growing: In the past 15 years alone, strength and conditioning coaches’ average salaries have increased approximately 30% to around $37,000 and the average weight room size has increased by 7,000 square feet.
5. There is More to the Interview: Studies have shown that when it comes to hiring strength training coaches, employers are most likely to hire applicants that are most similar to themselves on things such as appearance & body type, athletic experience, and academic background.