A sports analyst covers a range of jobs. The jobs can be related to analyzing and/or announcing statistics related to professional, minor league or amateur sports games.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes sports analysts jobs under the broader group of reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts. Sports analyst positions can also include sales and marketing jobs, or even statisticians that work solely with assessment of player performance.
Job duties may include:
The collection, manipulation, analysis, and summary of sports-related data
Using tools to report insights and highlight performances for print, online, and mobile platforms
Rank players according to ability based on game results
Test and monitor products related to sports performance
Sports Analyst Job Education Requirements
The education level required for a sports related jobs varies depending on the type of job. There are various sports analyst job opportunities at companies such as sales and marketing firms, broadcast networks, communications firms, and companies that manufacture sports equipment.
Employers may prefer a bachelor's degree or higher, depending on the type of work that is being done. A sports analyst involved in journalism will need a degree in journalism or communications, or equal experience. But a sports analysts who is more involved in products or quality control will need advanced education and training in subjects such as biomechanics, kinesiology or mechanical engineering, skills also required for exercise physiologists.
Sports Analyst Job Market
Sports analysts jobs in journalism are expected to decline over the next decade, as the entire industry is headed for a 13 percent slump, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statisticians, on the other hand, are expected to see a surge in job growth by 27 percent.
Sports Analyst Job Salary Information
Salaries for sports analysts depend on the industry, and the average pay is $27,750 per year and the high end of the scale may be as much as $80,000 a year.