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 and conditioning 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 and conditioning 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.