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Become A Captain

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Working As A Captain

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $39,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Captain Do

A Captain is the commander of a ship, airplane, spacecraft, or other vessel, or the commander of a port, fire department, or police department. They direct team members regarding various duties.

How To Become A Captain

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.


College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.


To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Captain Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Carrier

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Urdu

  • Greek

  • Swedish

  • Tagalog

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Real Captain Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Captain J and M Charters, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Dec 01, 2013 $162,000
Captain J and M Charters, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Nov 01, 2013 $162,000
Atr-42 Captain Hyannis Air Service, Inc. Aug 11, 2014 $133,735
Captain Westfield, LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2013 $115,000 -
Captain Tactical Escapes LLC Virginia Beach, VA Jan 01, 2016 $108,000
Captain (Flight Pilot) Ross Investments, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jan 07, 2012 $100,000
Project Captain Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects Dallas, TX Dec 16, 2015 $80,579
Project Captain Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2016 $78,000
Captain Sail With Scott LLC TX Apr 01, 2014 $73,045
Cessna 402 Captain Hyannis Air Service, Inc. MA Oct 01, 2013 $67,283
Cessna 402 Captain Hyannis Air Service, Inc. MA Sep 30, 2013 $67,283
Captain Maid of The Mist Corporation NY Apr 01, 2014 $64,488
Project Captain Kravitz Design, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $62,000
Captain Maid of The Mist Corporation Niagara Falls, NY Apr 01, 2016 $60,189
Captain Maid of The Mist Corporation Niagara Falls, NY Apr 01, 2015 $57,351
Captain Smith Enterprises LLC Boothbay Harbor, ME Jun 28, 2013 $52,175 -
Captain Hyannis Air Service, Inc. Fort Leonard Wood, MO Jan 01, 2014 $45,267 -
Cessna 402 Captain Hyannis Air Service, Inc. Barnstable Town, MA Apr 06, 2014 $43,908
Server Captain Davidson Hotel Company Newport, RI May 15, 2016 $39,382
Server Captain Boca West Country Club, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 01, 2015 $38,797
Server Captain Boca West Country Club, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2013 $38,797
Server Captain The Polo Club of Boca Raton, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2013 $38,797
Server Captain Boca West Country Club, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2014 $38,797
Captain(of Fishing Boat) Mid-Sound Fisheries CT Sep 03, 2009 $38,088
Ship Captain Glen Anthony Rice Coral Gables, FL Jan 18, 2008 $38,000

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Top Captain Skills

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Vessel
  3. Personnel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Championed safety culture, identifying opportunities to enhance safety procedures, and recommended and implemented improved safety standards.
  • Maintain vessel for salvage operations, dive supervisor
  • Improved the division's security posture by 60% by training 46 personnel to ensure all OPSEC positions were filled
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume fast paced operations.

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