Public Address System and Other Announcers
SOC: 27-3012.00


Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
10,200 employed

Projected (2024):
10,500 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:

  • Announcer
  • Barker
  • Bingo Caller
  • Commercial Announcer
  • Deejay
  • Disc Jockey (DJ)
  • Emcee
  • Entertainer
  • Event Planner
  • Host/Hostess
  • Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Mobile Disc Jockey (Mobile DJ)
  • Motion Picture Narrator
  • Narrator
  • Public Address Announcer
  • Ringmaster
  • Sports Announcer
  • Track Announcer
  • Train Announcer
  • Train Caller

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. 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
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • 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
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Greet attendees and serve as masters of ceremonies at banquets, store openings, and other events.
  • Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
  • Inform patrons of coming events at a specific venue.
  • Meet with event directors to review schedules and exchange information about details, such as national anthem performers and starting lineups.
  • Announce programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.
  • Read prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
  • Improvise commentary on items of interest, such as background and history of an event or past records of participants.
  • Instruct and calm crowds during emergencies.
  • Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
  • Study the layout of an event venue to be able to give accurate directions in the event of an emergency.
  • Review and announce crowd control procedures before the beginning of each event.
  • Provide running commentaries of event activities, such as play-by-play descriptions or explanations of official decisions.
  • Organize team information, such as statistics and tournament records, to ensure accessibility for use during events.
  • Furnish information concerning plays to scoreboard operators.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Amplifiers
  • Graphic equalizers
  • Handheld microphones
  • Headsets
  • Laptop computers
  • Loudspeaker systems
  • Microphone stands
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI sequencers
  • Portable public address PA systems
  • Record turntables
  • Sound effects devices
  • Speaker stands
  • Surge protectors
  • Table top multi players
  • Tablet computer remote controls
  • Tablet computers
  • Wireless public address PA systems
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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980