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Ed Feng, founder of ThePowerRank.com, tells how to make it in the sports analytics world. Any number of people can sift through data on their own computers but few are able to go to the next step and find a full-time job in sports analytics.
While expertise in numbers crunching and being adept with the use of social media will help, Feng says that there's no substitute for "real human interaction." That means being able to shake someone's hand or looking at them straight in the eye, according to Feng. He suggests attending conferences such as the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference where you can show off your stuff.