Job description

Sports book writers manage and handle customer bets on various sporting events like football, tennis or boxing. They’re responsible for taking bets from customers and recording them electronically. They also verify tickets and calculate and pay out winning bets to customers.


    • Manage and handle customer bets on sporting events
    • Receive and record bets electronically
    • Scan and verify tickets from customers
    • Calculate and pay out winning bets to customers
    • Supervise any cash that comes in and out for bets
    • Interact with customers
    • Monitor customers for any rule or regulation violations
    • Inform managers of any violating customers
    • Explain sports, teams and bet procedures to customers

Skills and qualities

Attention to detail
Computer software
Customer service

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.


New jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.


Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.


Career progression

Sports book writers often move on to other, more prestigious and larger gambling establishments like as slot or gaming supervisors. Eventually, with enough experience, they may also progress into the position of gaming manager.

Working conditions

Average hours

40h/ week

Typical schedule

Shift Work

Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally

Sports book writers generally work indoors in gambling establishments such as a casinos or betting offices. They deal with a variety of customers, including some that are angry or irritated after losing a bet.

Sports book writers spend most of their day standing as they take and record bets. The environment is often fast-paced, loud and smoke-filled. These professionals work with computers on a daily basis to electronically place customer bets.

They must also be aware of the betting laws in their area, as well as keep an eye out for any regulation violations.


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Top 10%


Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

High school

On-the-job training

Study time

4 weeks

Sports book writers can enter the profession with just a high school diploma or equivalent, although a bachelor’s degree in computer science, sports management or mathematics and statistics can improve job prospects.

Training is typically provided on the job and can last up to one month. Sports book writers will also be informed about state laws and regulations related to betting by the gambling establishment they work for.

All sports book writers must also be licensed by their states before securing a job.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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