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A Career In Sports Statistician


Super Bowl LI is Sunday, Feb. 5, at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will battle for the Lombardi trophy.

If you are fascinated with statistics and love NFL, a career working as a football statistician maybe be perfect for you. There are two types of sports statistician jobs.

Academic sports statistician:


You will analyze data and look for trends in sports data.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some Academic sports statistician jobs may require a master's degree. A background in differential and integral calculus, statistical methods, mathematical modeling and probability theory is needed.

Statistical Recorder


You will record real-time data at sporting events. According to Statistics in Sports (a section of the American Statistical Association), the responsibilities of a statistical crew include:

  • Recording statistics as events happen

  • Auditing stats with play-by-play

  • Preparing final stats for league records

  • Serving as official scorekeeper for both teams

  • Entering computer data

  • Preparing final and mid-game summary reports for the media

  • Keeping up to date on changes in statistical scoring rules

  • Being involved in resolution of disputed calls


A bachelor's degree in some combination of mathematics, statistical analysis, and computer science.

Strong communication skills, computer literacy, keyboarding skills, a knowledge of sports, good observation skills and the ability to tackle stress and work within deadlines


According to The average salary of a Sports Statistician in the United States is $88,345.