Radio and Television Announcers

Radio and television announcers present news and commercial messages from a script. They identify the station, announce station breaks, and introduce and close shows. Interviewing guests, making public service announcements, and conducting panel discussions may also be part of the announcer's work. In small stations, the local announcer may keep the program log, run the transmitter, and cue the changeover to network broadcasting as well as write scripts or rewrite news releases. Approximately 30,530 people are employed as announcers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Commentators, Disc Jockeys, News Anchors, Newscasters, Sportscasters
Duties Present news and commercial messages from a script on radio and television programs; also may interview guests, make public service announcements, conduct panel discussions, and perform other duties
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Internship; Volunteer, or part-time experience at a college or for-profit station
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Social
  • Talkative
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Announcer at National Radio or Television Network
  • Announcer at a Large Station
  • Announcer at a Small Station
  • Production Assistant or Reporter at a Small Station

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