Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit41.91%
  2. Private, not for profit28.45%
  3. State and local government16.40%
  4. Self-employed12.34%
  5. Federal government0.71%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of umpires, referees, and other sports officials is projected to grow 29 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 3,800 openings for umpires, referees, and other sports officials are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$28,940

State-by-state Salary

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$59,230
$19,040
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 42%
  • Less than high school 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 9%
  • Doctoral degree 4%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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