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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
Quick Facts : Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials*
2010 Median Pay$22,840
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,500
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change3,900


Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game.

What Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Do

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game.

Work Environment

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials work indoors and out, in all types of weather. They often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Those who work full time usually work more than 40 hours per week for several months during their sport's season. Some officials must travel to sporting events.
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Job Outlook

Employment of umpires, referees, and other sports officials is expected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Those seeking part-time work at schools should have the best job opportunities.
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Pay

The median annual wage of umpires, referees, and other sports officials was $22,840 in May 2010.
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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

22840

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials*
Percent Change in Employment

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

20.0

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Education and training requirements vary by the level and type of sport. In all sports, these jobs require immense knowledge of the game, which umpires, referees, and other sports officials usually get from years of experience at lower levels. Some officiating jobs require vocational training.
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