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Umpires, Referees, & Other Sports Officials

Also called: Horse Show Judge, Major League Baseball Umpire, Referee, Sports Official

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.
  • Signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition.
  • Inspect sporting equipment and/or examine participants in order to ensure compliance with event and safety regulations.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Visual Understanding
  • quickly know what you are looking at
  • see hidden patterns
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

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