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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
SOC Code: 27-2023.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Basketball Referee, Commissioner of Officials, Director of Officiating, Diving Judge, Horse Show Judge, Major League Baseball Umpire, Referee, Softball Umpire, Sports Official, Supervisor of Officials

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Keep track of event times, including race times and elapsed time during game segments, starting or stopping play when necessary.
  • Judge performances in sporting competitions in order to award points, impose scoring penalties, and determine results.
  • Start races and competitions.
  • Resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any necessary penalties, according to regulations.
  • Confer with other sporting officials, coaches, players, and facility managers in order to provide information, coordinate activities, and discuss problems.
  • Direct participants to assigned areas such as starting blocks or penalty areas.
  • Verify scoring calculations before competition winners are announced.
  • Report to regulating organizations regarding sporting activities, complaints made, and actions taken or needed such as fines or other disciplinary actions.
  • Teach and explain the rules and regulations governing a specific sport.
  • Compile scores and other athletic records.
  • Verify credentials of participants in sporting events, and make other qualifying determinations such as starting order or handicap number.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Video creation and editing software - Video editing software

Tools Used

  • Ball pump - Ball inflators
  • Bench scales - Equipment scales
  • Cross trainers - Elliptical trainers
  • Currencies or coinage - Sports flip coins
  • Digital video disk players or recorders - Digital video disk DVD players
  • Exercise balls - Stability balls
  • Fitness weights - Weight training equipment
  • Flags or accessories - Penalty flags
  • Ice skates - Hockey skates
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Phone headsets - Communications headsets
  • Pressure indicators - Air gauges
  • Public address systems - Announcement systems
  • Sport safety equipment other than headgear - Elbow pads; Hockey girdles; Shin guards; Umpire chest protectors (see all 6 examples)
  • Sport safety headgear - Protective sports helmets; Umpire masks
  • Sport scoreboards - Electronic display boards
  • Sports timer - Countdown timers
  • Stationary bicycles - Exercise bicycles
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Treadmills - Fitness treadmills
  • Whistle - Referee whistles

Knowledge

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities

  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

Interests

  • Interest code: REC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 76% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 48% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Electronic Mail - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 45% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Work Schedules - 63% responded “Seasonal (only during certain times of the year).”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 36% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 30% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 45% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Telephone - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 30% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 36% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 27% responded “Very important.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 27% responded “Every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%High school diploma or equivalent
19%Less than high school diploma
10%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $26,800 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 21,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,000

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