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Educational requirements for announcers vary. Radio and television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications, along with work experience gained from internships or working at their college radio or television station. Public address announcers typically need a high school diploma. Both occupations will typically need some short-term on-the-job training.Education
Although public address announcers do not need any formal education beyond a high school diploma, radio and television announcers should have a bachelor’s degree to be competitive for entry-level positions. Radio and 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 and audio equipment and software used at radio and television studios.Training
Public address system and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired. This training allows these announcers to become familiar with the equipment they will be using during sporting and entertainment events. For sports public address announcers, training also may include basic rules and information for the sports they are covering.
Radio and television announcers may also need some short-term on-the-job training to learn to operate the audio and production equipment. Many employers, however, expect applicants to have some basic skills prior to employment. Applicants typically gain these skills from their college degree program, work on the college radio or television station, or previous internships.Advancement
Because radio and television stations in smaller markets have smaller staff, advancement within the same small-market station is unlikely. Rather, many radio and television announcers advance by relocating to a station in a larger market.
Announcers typically need a few years at a small-market station to work out the “kinks” of their on-air personalities. During that time, they learn to sound more comfortable and credible as an on-air talent and become more conversational with their cohosts and guests. Therefore, time and experience allow applicants to advance to positions in larger markets, which offer higher pay and more responsibility and challenges.
When making hiring decisions, large-market stations rely on announcers’ personalities and past performance. Radio and television announcers need to have proven that they can attract, engage, and keep a sizeable audience.
Many stations also rely on radio and television announcers to do other tasks, such as creating and updating a social media presence on social networking sites, making promotional appearances on behalf of the station, or even selling commercial time to advertisers. Therefore, an applicant needs to have demonstrated versatility and flexibility at the smaller market station.Important Qualities
Computer skills. Announcers, especially those seeking careers in radio or television, should have good computer skills and be able to use computers, editing equipment, and other broadcast-related devices.
Interpersonal skills. Radio and television announcers must be able to interview guests and answer phone calls on air. Party disc jockeys (DJs) and emcees should be comfortable working with clients to plan entertainment options.
Persistence. Entry into this occupation is very competitive, and many auditions may be needed for an opportunity to work on the air. Many entry-level announcers must be willing to work for a small station and be flexible to move to a small market to secure their first job.
Research skills. Announcers must research the important topics of the day in order to be knowledgeable enough to comment on them during their program.
Speaking skills. Announcers must have a pleasant and well-controlled voice, good timing, and excellent pronunciation.
Writing skills. Announcers need strong writing skills because they normally write their own material.
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Mississippi State University36.5%
Florida State University7.6%
Pennsylvania State University6.8%
Community College of the Air Force4.4%
University of Oklahoma4.4%
Texas A&M University4.0%
University of Phoenix3.2%
University of Maryland - University College2.8%
University of Nebraska - Lincoln2.8%
State University of New York College at Oswego2.8%
Iowa State University2.8%
Saint Cloud State University2.8%
State University of New York Albany2.4%
Thomas Edison State University2.4%
Metropolitan State University of Denver2.4%
University of Utah2.4%
University of Kansas2.4%
Ball State University2.4%
Texas Tech University2.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Wind Forecasting Meteorologist||Windlogics, Inc.||Saint Paul, MN||Aug 19, 2013||$100,409|
|Staff Meteorologist||Mavrx, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$93,915|
|Wind Forecasting Meteorologist||Windlogics, Inc.||Saint Paul, MN||Aug 18, 2010||$89,021|
|Wind Fprecasting Meteorologist||Windlogics, Inc.||Saint Paul, MN||Dec 21, 2009||$87,500|
|Staff Meteorologist||Mavrx, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$80,000|
|Research Meteorologist||Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii||Urban Honolulu, HI||Nov 01, 2010||$78,701|
|Research Meteorologist||I.M. Systems Group, Inc.||Camp Springs, MD||Jul 31, 2012||$78,291|
|Research Meteorologist||I. M.Systems Group||Camp Springs, MD||Jul 26, 2010||$78,291|
|Research Meteorologist||Systems Research Group, Inc.||College Park, MD||May 26, 2015||$76,378|
|Research Meteorologist||Systems Research Group, Inc.||College Park, MD||Feb 01, 2013||$72,210|
|Research Meteorologist||Systems Research Group, Inc.||Camp Springs, MD||Feb 01, 2013||$72,210|
|Project Meteorologist||North American Weather Consultants, Inc.||Fresno, CA||Aug 01, 2016||$68,016|
|Project Meteorologist||North American Weather Consultants, Inc.||Fresno, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$68,016|
|Project Meteorologist||North American Weather Consultants, Inc.||Fresno, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$68,016|
|Meteorologist||Ppm Technical Services LLC||Radnor, PA||Nov 18, 2009||$67,999|
|Meteorologist||Ppm Technical Services LLC||Radnor, PA||Nov 24, 2009||$67,999|
|Project Meteorologist||South Texas Weather Modification Association||Pleasanton, TX||Oct 01, 2015||$60,450|
|Biometeorologist/Meteorologist/Atmospheric Modeler||National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc.||Boulder, CO||Jun 20, 2011||$55,000|
|Meteorologist/Electricity Demand Forecaster||Genscape, Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 15, 2014||$54,288|
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