Radio and Television Announcers
SOC: 27-3011.00


Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
42,300 employed

Projected (2024):
36,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Anchor
  • Announcer
  • Broadcaster
  • Broadcasting Specialist
  • Commercial Announcer
  • Community Liaison
  • Disc Jockey
  • FM Announcer
  • Game Show Host
  • Game Show Host or Hostess
  • Host
  • Host/Hostess
  • Managing Editor
  • Meteorologist
  • Morning News Anchor
  • Morning Show Host
  • Music Director
  • Music Journalist
  • News Anchor
  • News Broadcaster
  • News Director
  • News Reporter
  • Newscaster
  • On-Air Announcer
  • On-Air Personality
  • On-Air Talent
  • Producer
  • Program Director
  • Program Host
  • Radio Announcer
  • Radio Artist
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Radio Disc Jockey
  • Radio Disk Jockey (Radio DJ)
  • Radio Host
  • Radio Performer
  • Radio Personality
  • Radio Sportscaster
  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Radio Television Announcer (Radio TV Announcer)
  • Reporter
  • Show Host or Hostess
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Anchor
  • Sports Announcer
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Sports Commentator
  • Sports Director
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Reporter
  • Sportscaster
  • Staff Announcer
  • Talk Show Host
  • Television Announcer (TV Announcer)
  • Television Host (TV Host)
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)
  • Television Reporter
  • Television Specialist
  • Voice Over Announcer
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Weather Anchor
  • Weather Reporter
  • Weathercaster

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare and deliver news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.
  • Read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • Identify stations, and introduce or close shows, using memorized or read scripts, and/or ad-libs.
  • Select program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.
  • Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Comment on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions.
  • Interview show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.
  • Discuss various topics over the telephone with viewers or listeners.
  • Host civic, charitable, or promotional events that are broadcast over television or radio.
  • Make promotional appearances at public or private events to represent their employers.
  • Operate control consoles.
  • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.
  • Keep daily program logs to provide information on all elements aired during broadcast, such as musical selections and station promotions.
  • Record commercials for later broadcast.
  • Locate guests to appear on talk or interview shows.
  • Describe or demonstrate products that viewers may purchase through specific shows or in stores.
  • Coordinate games, contests, or other on-air competitions, performing such duties as asking questions and awarding prizes.
  • Attend press conferences to gather information for broadcast.
  • Provide commentary and conduct interviews during sporting events, parades, conventions, or other events.
  • Give network cues permitting selected stations to receive programs.
  • Moderate panels or discussion shows on topics such as current affairs, art, or education.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio control consoles
  • Audio playback equipment
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Earpieces
  • Headset microphones
  • Headsets
  • Laptop computers
  • Microphone stands
  • Mixing desks
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Record turntables
  • Smart phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleprompters
  • Touch screen computer monitors
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Audion Laboratories VoxPro
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Burli Software Burli Newsroom System
  • Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet Media Life
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Program logging software
  • Statistical processing software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980