According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in television broadcasting is expected to increase only 7 percent over through 2020 period, slower than the average for all industries combined. Factors expected to contribute to this slowed growth rate includes consolidation of stations under large networks, which allows networks to share programming and make better use of workers. New computerized technologies require less specialized training for their operation, reducing the need for certain types of workers, particularly those in editing, recording, and graphics creation. Competition from cable systems, satellite, streaming, and other pay television services, and from widespread use of the Internet may also contribute to the slower growth in employment.

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