Umpires and Referees

Employment for umpires, referees, and other sports officials is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The growth outlook for the field of sports officiating depends on the sport and the league worked. Umpires and referees are almost always needed at the youth, high school, and amateur levels, and people who are interested in supplementing their incomes this way or simply learning about the field of officiating should find plenty of opportunities for work, especially part-time work. The DOL predicts that "participation in college sports is also projected to increase over the next decade, particularly at smaller colleges and in women’s sports."


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