Disc Jockeys

Disc Jockey Working in Studio

Disc jockeys (DJs) play recorded music for broadcast, satellite, and Internet radio stations or for parties, dances, and special events. On the radio, they intersperse the music with a variety of advertising material and informal commentary. They may also perform such public services as announcing the time, the weather forecast, travel times, or important news. Interviewing guests and making public service announcements may also be part of the DJ's work. Approximately 27,100 radio and television announcers, including disc jockeys, are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Deejays, On-Air Personalities, Party DJs
Duties Play recorded music and provide informal commentary and news reports on broadcast, satellite, and Internet radio stations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago offer the most positions, but jobs are available in small markets around the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Speech
Experience Experience at high school, college, or community radio stations helpful
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Program Director or Producer
  • Disc Jockey in Major Market
  • Disc Jockey
  • Radio Intern