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Umpires, Referees, & Other Sports Officials

Also called: Horse Show Judge, Major League Baseball Umpire, Judge, Commissioner of Officials

What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Officiate at sporting events, games, or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules are observed.
  • Judge performances in sporting competitions in order to award points, impose scoring penalties, and determine results.
  • Inspect sporting equipment and/or examine participants in order to ensure compliance with event and safety regulations.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Visual Understanding
  • quickly know what you are looking at
  • see hidden patterns
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Video creation and editing software
  • Video editing software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$23,900
per year, on average
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