Sports Officials and Referees

(NOC 5253)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions. They work for national, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 5 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Sports Officials and Referees most commonly work part-time hours.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions. They work for national, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues.

Job duties

Sports officials and referees:

  • Officiate at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to make sure that game rules and safety regulations are followed.
  • Record time and keep scores during events or competitions.
  • Judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties and decide results.
  • Gather scores and other athletic records.
  • Create and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees.
  • Verify credentials of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events and respond to written protests.

Sample job titles

  • athletics judge
  • clerk of the course - racetrack
  • figure skating judge
  • goal judge
  • harness racing starter
  • racetrack timer
  • referee
  • sports linesman/woman
  • sports official
  • umpire

Skills

You should be determined, patient, and self-confident. You must be able to organize and plan activities as well as motivate and encourage others to perform at their best. Leadership and decision-making skills may be needed in coaching and training. Both spoken and written communication skills are essential for teaching and instructing. Good physical stamina and an interest in sports and physical fitness are also important.

Job requirements

  • Sports officials need certification by and registration with a sport governing body or commission.
  • Sports referees need to complete an officiating program offered by a sport governing body.

Other considerations

Workers may work only part of the year and be unemployed in the off-season.

By the numbers

Quick look

390

employed in 2016

3.8%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

16.7%
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83.3%
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16.8

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

71.4%

Halifax

14.3%

North Shore

7.8%

Cape Breton

6.5%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

58.8%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

23.5%

Other services (except public administration)

17.6%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

91.0%

15-24

4.0%

65+

3.0%

55-64

3.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

78.2%

Less than high school

N/A
16.7%

High school

N/A
2.6%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
2.6%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor's degree

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master's degree

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

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Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Communities, Culture and Heritage - Sport and Recreation Funding Programs
Halifax, NS
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450
Fax: (902) 425-5606

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