Being a sports fanatic is not enough to get a position in this competitive field. The ability to present information in an exciting, interesting, and memorable way is a talent that can be polished, but can't really be manufactured.
People who have found success in theatre and public speaking seem to be better suited to this occupation. People who are comfortable in front of the camera, with an outgoing personality and a strong knowledge base for sporting events and commentary will find this field suitable, while the more reticent game fan might be more comfortable doing research and writing, working in the production end of broadcasting.
This tends to be a fast-paced career with a high-energy atmosphere. Nights and weekends are practically a given in the sports broadcasting field, and some broadcasters that specialize in a particular sport that is played during a specific time of year might find this to be a seasonal occupation as well.
There are no hard-and-fast educational requirements in the industry, but a journalism degree, specializing in broadcasting, would be a good starting point for the prospective sports broadcaster. Having a strong knowledge of sports history and a broad base of game knowledge in general are also very important, but these things alone will not make up for a lack of broadcasting knowledge. It is essential to gain experience, knowledge, and expertise in order to move up the ladder to bigger and better assignments.
What are Sports Broadcasters like?
Based on our pool of users, sports broadcasters tend to be predominately artistic people.
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Sports Broadcasters by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 55 Sokanu users
Are Sports Broadcasters happy?
Sports broadcasters rank
among the happiest
careers. Overall they rank in the 92nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Sports Broadcaster Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Sports Broadcasters
The most common degree held by sports broadcasters is Journalism.
11% of sports broadcasters had a degree in journalism before becoming sports broadcasters. That is over 9 times the average across all careers.
Communications graduates are the second most common among sports broadcasters, representing 9% of sports broadcasters in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.8 times the average.
Sports Broadcaster Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Sports Broadcaster, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.