Career Details

News Anchor

Career Overview

News anchors typically research stories, interview people, and report the news on television.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, political science, or a related field is probably necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.

Salary Expectations

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

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Political Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
Future Outlook

Because of the large number of people who want to enter this field and the relatively small number of openings, there will continue to be a lot of competition for these positions.

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Work Environment

Television news anchors work for television stations. They may spend some time in the studio reporting the news and other time out in the field interviewing people and doing other research. Because of deadlines, this work may be stressful at times. It often require evening and weekend work, and they may periodically work long hours while covering breaking news stories.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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