Umpires and Referees

Umpires and referees ensure that competitors in athletic events follow the rules. They make binding decisions and have the power to impose penalties upon individuals or teams that break the rules. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials hold about 16,140 jobs in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Enforce rules and regulations during sporting events
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Amateur league experience recommended
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Outgoing
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Professional League Umpire/Referee
  • Collegiate or Minor League Sports Umpire/Referee
  • Adult Amateur League Umpire/Referee
  • Youth League Umpire/Referee

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