There are no hard and fast rules on qualifications needed and most will depend upon the position. However, as a rule, research positions would generally be available to those with postgraduate qualifications typically a PhD. However not all roles within the sports sector are research based so in many instances a good undergraduate degree in a mathematical/statistical subject can suffice.
Skills can vary depending upon the position but in general employers look for the following:
- an interest in sports
- experience in developing and implementing mathematical or statistical models
- experience in statistical computing and relational databases
- an understanding of the probability in relation to sporting outcomes and the betting markets
- ability to work under pressure and work to deadlines
- enthusiasm, self motivation and the ability to work as part of a team