Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+31.7% (much faster than the average)


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

Horse Show Judge, Major League Baseball Umpire (MLB Umpire), Referee, 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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