Sports statistics are commonly used in major sports such as baseball, football and basketball, but can be utilized for virtually any sport. There are two types of sports statisticians: one is the academic which examines historical trends of the sport, and the other type is the recorder, a real-time sports statistician who records statistics as the sporting event is occurring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, statistician salaries range from $37,740 a year up to $117,190. The typical sports statistician's job is a part-time position given the nature of the work, and it nearly always requires a master's degree.
Obtain your bachelor's and master's degree in statistics or mathematics. The terminology depends on the college. A few of the best colleges in the field of mathematics are Stanford University, the University of Michigan and Princeton University. These three universities offer online options and are rated in the top 10 rankings of mathematical programs listed by U.S. News.
Join the Statistics in Sports association (SIS). SIS provides a wealth of information and is relatively inexpensive at $5 per year for a regular membership, and $2 per year if you are a student. Joining is helpful because you can use SIS for networking and it provides another item to include on your resume when the time arrives to apply for jobs.
Consider obtaining an internship locally for a sports team while you are working to obtain your degree. This can range from major or minor league professional sports teams to a local college sports department. Even if an organization does not have internships available in your area, you may be able to offer to help the team without pay. This experience supplements your education and is very good to have on your resume.
Because most of the jobs available are part-time, most sports statisticians supplement their annual income with other jobs in the field of statistics.
2016 Salary Information for Statisticians
Statisticians earned a median annual salary of $80,500 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, statisticians earned a 25th percentile salary of $60,760, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $104,420, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 37,200 people were employed in the U.S. as statisticians.
- Stanford University
- The University of Michigan
- Princeton University
- U.S. News: Top Mathematic Schools & Colleges - U.S. News University Directory
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010 - 2011 Edition
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Statisticians
- Career Trend: Statisticians
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