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Announcers and Other Broadcasters

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NOC:5231
Occupation:Announcers and other Broadcasters
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

Announcers and other broadcasters read news, sports, weather, commercial and public service messages and host entertainment and information programs for broadcast on radio or television. They are primarily employed by radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

Job duties:
Announcers and other broadcasters perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Select and introduce music, videos and other entertainment material for broadcast, and make commercial and public service announcements.
  • Act as host/hostess or master of ceremonies, introduce and interview guests and conduct proceedings of shows or programs.
  • Read news, sports and weather for radio and television.
  • Report on weather conditions using information provided by weather forecasting services.
  • Report on traffic conditions by maintaining contact with external sources of information or by observing traffic from air or land vehicle.
  • May present own material or material prepared by others.
Sample job titles:
  • announcer
  • broadcaster
  • disc jockey - broadcast
  • host - television or radio
  • master of ceremonies (MC)
  • newscaster
  • radio announcer
  • sports announcer
  • television newscaster
  • weather reporter
Skills:

To work in these fields, you must be comfortable expressing ideas and performing before an audience. Creativity and imagination are helpful. Clear speech is very important.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of a college radio or television arts program is usually required.
  • Practical training, such as work at a college radio station, may be required.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the job or type of performance may be required.
Other considerations:

Increased use of automation and centralized production of entertainment segments in the radio broadcasting industry will likely reduce the number of job opportunities in some of these jobs. Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria. Movement to jobs in journalism is possible for those with an educational background in journalism or a related field.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Announcers and Other Broadcasters325Decline1Moderate
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $10,886
Median: $33,339
Maximum: $65,413
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport9,745Moderate Growth705Moderate
Minimum: $10.50
Median: $18.00
Maximum: $33.69
Minimum: $2,289
Median: $19,980
Maximum: $58,961
Announcers and Other BroadcastersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time71%61%
Percent self-employed0%30%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAnnouncers and Other BroadcastersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern RegionxN/A12%$30,581
Northern Region11%N/A16%$33,660
Cape Breton33%N/A12%$32,974
Halifax38%$34,83348%$41,209
Annapolis Valley17%N/A13%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Information, Culture & Recreation94%
Other Industries6%
What are the workers like?
AgeAnnouncers and Other BroadcastersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-2411%x
25-3438%13%
35-4428%21%
45-5420%34%
55-64x26%
65+xx
Median Age3842
GenderAnnouncers and Other BroadcastersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female50%55%
Male50%45%
EducationAnnouncers and Other BroadcastersCompared to: Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxN/A5.8%$2,298
High school12.5%$17,73122.5%$7,127
Trades certificatexN/A4.3%$13,575
College certificate or diploma60.9%$34,60521.9%$20,158
University certificate or diploma10.9%$47,7674.4%$20,801
Bachelor's degree9.4%$47,13428.7%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diplomaxN/A3.0%$18,274
Master's degreexN/A8.1%N/A
DoctoratexN/A1.2%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxN/A0.2%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
ACTRA Performers Guild
103 - 1660 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1V7
Tel: (902) 420-1404
Fax: (902) 422-0589
maritimes@actra.ca
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
770 - 45 O`Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4
Tel: (613) 233-4035
cab@cab-acr.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Broadcast journalism
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the methods and techniques for reporting, producing, and delivering news and news programs via radio, television, and video/film media; and that prepares individuals to be professional broadcast journalists, editors, producers, directors, and managers. These programs include courses in the principles of broadcast technology; broadcast reporting; on- and off-camera and microphone procedures and techniques; program, sound, and video/film editing; program design and production; media law and policy; and professional standards and ethics.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Digital communication and media/multimedia
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the development, use, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. These programs include courses in the principles of computers and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.
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MacTech Distance Education
PO Box 192, 25 Eveleigh Dr
North Sydney, NS B1P 6H1
(888) 622-8324
Program Name:Intermedia/multimedia
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions in either two or three dimensions, through simultaneous use of a variety of materials and media.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Organizational communication - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. These programs include courses in the development and maintenance of interpersonal group relations within organizations; decision-making and conflict management; the use of symbols to create and maintain organizational images, missions, and values; power and politics within organizations; human interaction with computer technology; and how communications socialize and support employees and team members.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Radio and television
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. These programs include courses in media aesthetics; planning, scheduling, and production; writing and editing; performing and directing; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law, and policy; and principles of broadcast technology.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
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