Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

3.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $17.24 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 62% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials' job openings is expected to rise 31.7% by 2031
'Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials' was $35,860, or $17.24 hourly
'Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials' are paid 21.6% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as umpires, referees, and other sports officials?

As of 2021 there were 9,620 people employed as Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials within the United States.
This represents around 0.007% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 14 thousand people are employed as Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 27-2023.00


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Jay (Likely) says
I think it is likely because VAR is all done by technology so refereeing itself I think could be done by technology.
Jun 06, 2021 at 09:15 PM
Csanad (Likely) says
I think sports have an objective aspect to them with referees, so maybe robots would suck
May 13, 2021 at 12:37 PM
hi says
I don't agree with this, human mistake is part of the game and there would be to many scenarios for the robot to make the correct decision
Mar 13, 2020 at 02:20 PM
Sup says
Human mistake is a terrible part of the game and you only enjoy it if you support the failing team and rely on terrible umpiring
May 31, 2021 at 10:34 AM
dabonemhaters (Highly likely) says
New AI technology will be more accurate on fouls, off-sides etc
Apr 05, 2019 at 10:47 AM
Jacob says
Human referees make sports better
Apr 02, 2019 at 01:21 AM
hello jacob says
I think the same but robots are cheaper and the companies don't care if you prefer humans over robots, all they want is the money and to save as much as they can.
Apr 05, 2019 at 10:53 AM
T says
no they don't, they change outcomes of the game in terrible ways
Aug 16, 2019 at 05:56 PM

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