Graduate Certificates in Radio and Television

Career summary: Radio and Television Announcers

Average Salary

$27,750

National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook

Poor

2% job growth by 2022, which is below average

Earn a degree in radio and television from an accredited college

One of the best ways to prepare for a career in radio and television is through a college education. A Graduate Certificate will help you develop entry level skills, general radio and television know how and the basic radio and television experience you need to start your career off right. You may also consider a Master's in Radio and Television to help you take your education and career to the next level. Please select radio and television school below.

Overview

Radio and television original

Why would I want an radio and television degree?

Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys (DJs) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

Job Description

What does a radio and television announcer do?

Radio and television announcers typically do the following:

  • Present music, news, sports, the weather, the time, and commercials
  • Interview guests and moderate panels or discussions on their shows
  • Announce station programming information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public service information
  • Research topics for comment and discussion during shows
  • Read prepared scripts on radio or television shows
  • Comment on important news stories
  • Provide commentary for the audience during sporting events, at parades, and on other occasions
  • Select program content
  • Make promotional appearances at public or private events

Salary

How much do radio and television announcers make?

The median annual wage for radio and television announcers was $28,020 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,270, and the top 10 percent earned more than $78,630.

The median annual wage for public address system and other announcers was $26,230 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,370, and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,890.

In general, announcers working in larger markets earn more than those working in smaller markets.

Career Outlook

How popular are radio and television announcer jobs?

Employment of radio and television announcers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Employment of public address system and other announcers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Improving technology and consolidation of radio and television stations will limit the employment growth for radio and television announcers. Many stations are able to do more tasks with less staff. Advancements in digital technology continue to increase the productivity of radio and television announcers and reduce the time required to edit and distribute material or do other off-air technical and production work.

Career Path

How do I become a radio and television announcer?

Although public address announcers do not need any formal education beyond a high school diploma, radio announcers should have a bachelor’s degree to be competitive for entry-level positions. Television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in programs such as communications, broadcasting, or journalism.

College broadcasting programs offer courses, such as voice and diction, to help students improve their vocal qualities. In addition, these programs prepare students to work with the computer equipment and software used at radio and television studios.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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