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Career and Education Opportunities for Umpires in Vancouver, Washington

Umpire career and educational opportunities abound in Vancouver, Washington. There are currently 450 jobs for umpires in Washington and this is projected to grow by 19% to about 540 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for umpires, which sees this job pool growing by about 10.4% over the next eight years. In general, umpires officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events.

The average wage in the general category of Sports jobs is $41,030 per year in Washington, and an average of $30,850 per year nationwide. Umpires earn less than people working in the category of Sports generally in Washington and less than people in the Sports category nationally. Jobs in this field include: director of officials, racing secretary, and horse identifier.

The Vancouver area is home to forty-eight schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree as an umpire. Umpires usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so it will take only a short time to learn to be an umpire if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Umpire

Umpire video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, umpires officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. They also detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations.

Umpires talk with other sporting officials and facility managers in order to furnish data and consider problems. They also officiate at sporting events or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to insure that game rules are observed. Equally important, umpires have to inspect sporting equipment and/or examine participants in order to insure adherence to event and safety regulations. They are often called upon to signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition. They are expected to teach and explain the rules and regulations governing a specific sport. Finally, umpires resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any needed penalties, in line with regulations.

Every day, umpires are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for umpires to judge performances in sporting competitions so as to award points, impose scoring penalties, and decide on results. They are often called upon to verify scoring calculations before competition winners are announced. They also keep track of event times, including race times and elapsed time during game segments, starting or stopping play when needed. They are sometimes expected to start races and competitions. Somewhat less frequently, umpires are also expected to research and study players and teams so as to anticipate issues that might arise in future engagements.

They also have to be able to resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any needed penalties, in line with regulations and report to regulating organizations regarding sporting activities and actions taken or needed such as fines or other disciplinary actions. And finally, they sometimes have to verify credentials of participants in sporting events, and make other qualifying determinations such as starting order or handicap number.

Like many other jobs, umpires must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vancouver include:

  • Athletic Scout. Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
  • Professional Athlete. Compete in athletic events.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Umpire Training

Everest Institute-Tigard - Tigard, OR

Everest Institute-Tigard, 9600 SW Oak St, Suite 400, Tigard, OR 97223. Everest Institute-Tigard is a small school located in Tigard, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 186 students and an admission rate of 100%. Everest Institute-Tigard has a less than one year program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties which graduated fifteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Sport Safety Training (6 1/2 hours): The American Red Cross and the United States Olympic Committee have joined forces to develop an exciting coach for coaches who want to keep their athletes safe.

For more information, see the American Red Cross website.

LICENSES

Athletic Event Official

Licensing agency: Department of Licensing
Address: Professional Athletics, Professional Athletics, 405 Black Lake Blvd., Bldg. #2, PO Box 2445, Olympia, WA 98507-2445

Phone: (360) 753-3713
Website: Department of Licensing Professional Athletics Professional Athletics

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.