Sports Umpires officiate at sporting events, such as netball, hockey, football, basketball, cricket, boxing and wrestling matches, by interpreting and enforcing match rules.

Specialisations: Linesperson (Sport).

You need a high level of knowledge of your sport specialisation to work as a Sports Umpire. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Courses in officiating are often available through the relevant sporting body.

Tasks

  • Officiates at sporting events to enforce rules.
  • Co-ordinates and directs sporting activities, and liaises with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport.

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  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Sports Umpires

  • 5,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 17 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Sports Umpires (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 3,300 in 2011 to 5,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Sports Umpires work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (2%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 17 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (93%).
  • Gender: 28% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services91.6
Education and Training4.5
Public Administration and Safety1.2
Other Services1.0
Other Industries1.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSports UmpiresAll Jobs Average
NSW21.631.6
VIC40.325.6
QLD13.420.0
SA7.27.0
WA13.110.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.51.0
ACT2.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSports UmpiresAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1981.4-5.05.0
20-2411.3-9.39.3
25-343.0-22.922.9
35-441.8-22.022.0
45-541.0-21.621.6
55-590.4-9.09.0
60-640.4-6.06.0
65 and Over0.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSports UmpiresAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.0-21.121.1
Year 1221.3-18.118.1
Year 1117.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below53.0-12.512.5

You need a high level of knowledge of your sport specialisation to work as a Sports Umpire. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Courses in officiating are often available through the relevant sporting body.

You may also need to be registered with the relevant sporting body.

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Employers look for Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials who are reliable, caring, compassionate and empathetic, with the ability to provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Psychology

    48% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    46% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    45% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    40% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2023.00 - Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    94% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    87% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    85% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Contact With Others

    83% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Spend Time Standing

    82% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2023.00 - Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials.

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