UMPIRES/REFEREES officiate at competitive sporting events, such as football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and various other sports. They observe the actions of players to detect infractions of the rules, and impose penalties established by the sports' rules and regulations. Umpires and referees anticipate play and position themselves to best see the action, assess the situation, and determine any violations. They are responsible for the conduct of the players in the game in accordance with the official rules of the game. Umpires and referees maintain order and discipline during the playing of a game.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $44,500 average per year ($21.50 per hour)
- A small occupation (15,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.0% per year)
Education and training requirements for UMPIRES/REFEREES vary greatly by the level and type of sport. Umpires/referees require overall knowledge of the game. Each sport has specific requirements for umpires/referees. College referees must be certified by an officiating school and be evaluated during a probationary period. Some larger college conferences require officials to have certification and previous experience at high school, community college, or other college conference games. To qualify for the professional ranks, prospective candidates must attend professional umpire training school.