Earn a college degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science, and then obtain a job with a sports team, sports league, sports venue, media outlet or sports organization to become a sports statistician. Most people employed in this field engage in sports statistics as a part-time hobby to augment a full-time job.
- Earn a degree
Obtain a college degree that goes well with a statistician's duties. You must be able to do math, input numbers in a computer and run the proper programs to locate and analyze data. If you have a four-year degree in statistics, that means you have been trained to analyze, interpret and record numbers and formulas.
- Find a job in sports statistics
Choose between one of two types of sports statistician jobs. If you are an academic sports statistician, you analyze data and look for trends in sports data. If you earn a job as a statistical recorder, you record real-time data at sporting events.
- Enjoy your niche
Your chosen sports statistics position is highly competitive, and it usually offers part-time employment. For instance, Ben Alamar worked as a statistician for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, and he provided analysis on players and team strategy. Alamar also created the "Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports." Some statisticians create their own websites, such as Sports-Reference.com.
- Earn money
Expect to earn a mean annual salary of $83,310. The lowest 10 percent of statisticians earn $44,310 per year as of 2013.