|Quick Facts: Announcers|
|2012 Median Pay||$27,750 per year
$13.34 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||52,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||2% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||800|
What Announcers Do
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.
Many announcers work in radio and television studios. Some announcers are self-employed; others work part time.
How to Become an Announcer
Educational requirements for announcers vary. Radio and television announcers typically have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications, along with an internship or work experience from their college radio or television station. Public address system announcers typically need a high school diploma, along with short-term on-the-job training.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for radio and television announcers was $28,020. The median annual wage for public address system and other announcers was $26,230 in May 2012.
Employment of announcers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Experienced, formally trained announcers should have the best job prospects.