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Radio and Television Announcer

Career Overview

Radio and television announcers perform a variety of tasks on and off the air. They announce station program information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public-service information, and they introduce and close programs. Announcers read prepared scripts or make ad-lib commentary on the air as they present news, sports, the weather, the time, and commercials. If a written script is required, they may do the research and writing. Announcers also interview guests and moderate panels or discussions. Some provide commentary for the audience during sporting events, at parades, and on other occasions. Make sure to use the search box to find Wendi and Mark the Shark's videos to learn about radio broadcasting. You can also search for Sue and Bob's videos to learn about television broadcasting!

Education

A four-year bachelor's degree, although not required, will increase opportunities for someone to get into this position. A degree in any of these areas may be helpful - communications, journalism, history, theater, or any related fields.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$25,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$163,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • Performing Arts
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • History
  • Video Editing
Work Environment

Many announcers work in radio and television studios. Some announcers are self-employed; others work part time.

Future Outlook

Because of the small number of positions and the large number of people who would like these positions, there will likely be a lot of competition for these positions.

Schools
References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada