Sports Analyst

Provide in-depth predictions about sports teams and players.

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Salary Range
$20,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sports Analysts do?

Sports Analysts live, eat, and breathe sports for print and broadcast media. In their medium of choice, Sports Analysts expound upon the beauty of a run, dissect the naming of a team’s lineup, and try to explain for all the world to understand how that outfielder missed the easiest pop fly of the season. In other words, if you’re a Sports Analyst, you are the voice of sports, translating and analyzing your game of choice for all the avid fans out there.

To do this job well, you must love sports, and be able to talk or write on the subject at length. But you’re not just giving your opinion; you use research to back up your talk. For example, you point out when a player has beaten the all-time scoring record, rather than just talking about what a good hit they had.

Such analysis requires proficiency at writing and reporting, and the ability to sift news from the sometimes-mundane details of the game. Attention to detail and information-gathering skills will help you in this pursuit, and are especially important for those who work for a major network and may cover more than one game per day.

In total, your job is to keep sports information fresh and interesting so you can hold your viewer’s attention, or your readers coming back for more. As a reward for this hard work, you are paid to watch and comment on sports. People tune in to hear what you have to say on a game.

Be careful that you don’t get carried away, though. Before long, you may find yourself providing statistics on how many times your significant other has burned dinner in the past month, and that might just lead to spending time in the ring.

Should I be a Sports Analyst?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Sports Anchor

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