Sports Statistician

Record facts and figures about sports games.

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Salary Range
$39,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sports Statisticians do?

“His batting average is 300!” “His shooting averages 40%.” When it comes to sports, it seems that every moment is recorded in the Statistician books. And it’s all thanks to the Sports Statistician.

That’s because the Sports Statistician’s job is to watch every moment, follow the calls of the Referee, and make an accurate record of it all.

As a Sports Statistician, you’re front and center at every game. Whether you strut your stuff at the little league game or work for the Seattle Seahawks, your work is pivotal to the media getting the facts straight. After a high-intensity session of recordkeeping, you tally the numbers, create a neat report, and hand it over to the hungry Sports Reporters.

Journalists aren’t the only ones interested in your work, though. Sports Recruiters and Sports Scouts also request copies of your tallies in their effort to hunt down the most talented Players across the country.

Even the Coaches and Referees rely on you to keep track of whether a Player has earned enough fouls to be kicked out of the game or how many minutes the Player has been in. You might even settle disputes regarding the rules during the game. In addition, you often hold the title of Scorer. If all that doesn’t keep you busy, you can input salary and injury information into the computer and make a permanent record of the game stats.

Should I be a Sports Statistician?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Sports Statistician

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