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Career Details :: Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Observes actions of participants at athletic and sporting events to regulate competition and detect infractions of rules.
- Records and maintains information regarding participants and sporting activities.
- Prepares reports to regulating organization concerning sporting activities, complaints, and actions taken or needed, such as fines or other disciplinary actions.
- Confers with other sporting officials and facility managers to provide information, coordinate activities, and discuss problems.
- Inspects sporting equipment or examines participants to ensure compliance to regulations and safety of participants and spectators.
- Clocks events according to established standards for play or to measure performance of participants.
- Makes qualifying determinations regarding participants, such as qualifying order or handicap.
- Directs participants to assigned areas such as starting blocks or penalty areas.
- Signals participants or other officials to facilitate identification of infractions or otherwise regulate play or competition.
- Resolves claims of rule infractions or complaints lodged by participants and assesses penalties based on established regulations.
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General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Aware of New Events
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done