We surveyed 1,785 referees to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical referee. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a referee?
Working as a referee typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a referee?
A career as a referee typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a referee?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a referee. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for referees.
Do referees work full-time or part-time?
3% of referees work in full-time roles while 97% work part-time.
Is being a referee stressful?
Stress is not uncommon amongst referees, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.
Is being organized important as a referee?
Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a referee.
How competitive is the workplace for referees?
Referees see mild competition in their workplace.
Does being a referee require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for referees.
Are referees allowed to express themselves creatively?
Referees rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.
Do referees have control over the direction of their work?
While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally referees will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.
Is being a referee physically demanding?
Being a referee requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.
Are referees exposed to a wide variety of work?
Referees tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.
Does being a referee require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a referee.
Does being a good referee require compassion and empathy?
Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as referees.