CAREER

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$28,940

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Do

Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.

Other Job Titles Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials May Have

Basketball Referee, Diving Judge, Dressage Judge, Football Referee, Horse Show Judge, Major League Baseball Umpire (MLB Umpire), Referee, Soccer Referee, Softball Umpire, Sports Official

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Officiate at sporting events, games, or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules are observed.
  • Inspect game sites for compliance with regulations or safety requirements.
  • Resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any necessary penalties, according to regulations.
  • Signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition.
  • Teach and explain the rules and regulations governing a specific sport.

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