Career outlook for scrum master

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You'll hold regular meetings with your team - known as scrums - and it's your job as the Scrum Master to motivate the team to perform as effectively as possible.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Coaching and inspiring the team to deliver their best work
  • Removing any obstacles that would stop the team succeeding
  • Being the spokesperson who communicates with other parts of the business on behalf of the team

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  • Building relationships
  • Mediating
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Creative
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan
  • Time management
  • Making decisions

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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The Scrum system is most popular in software development, and therefore suits those looking to pursue a career in business and IT.

There are a range of higher education options suitable for the role of Scrum Master.

Higher education such as a Higher National Certificate or a Higher National Diploma in software engineering or computer science can be very valuable to understand a team’s needs and become a more effective Scrum Master.

A degree is not required to be a Scrum Master but certain degrees can be very useful, such as communications, computing or business courses

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.

Useful subjects

Useful subjects include:

  • ICT
  • Physics
  • Business studies

For pupils in S5/6, a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills might help develop some of the skills you need to work as a Scrum Master.