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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Job Information

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.


  • These jobs require immense overall knowledge of the game, usually acquired through years of experience at lower levels.
  • Career-ending injuries are always a risk for athletes.
  • Job opportunities will be best for part-time coaches, sports instructors, umpires, referees, and sports officials in high schools, sports clubs, and other settings.
  • Aspiring professional athletes will continue to face extremely keen competition.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $23,190/yr ($11.60/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma