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Umpires and Referees

Overview

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 18,620 jobs in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Athletic

Outgoing

Realistic

Career Ladder
Professional League Umpire/Referee

Collegiate or Minor League Sports Umpire/Referee

Adult Amateur League Umpire/Referee

Youth League Umpire/Referee