Announcers and other Broadcasters

(NOC 5231)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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 work for radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
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Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
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This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Announcers and Other Broadcasters most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 63% of Announcers and Other Broadcasters who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,857. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$20.19

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,411

Minimum

$25,594

Median

$77,380

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

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 work for radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

Job duties

Announcers and other broadcasters:

  • 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

You must be comfortable expressing ideas and performing before an audience. Creativity and imagination are helpful. Clear speech is very important.

Job requirements

  • A college radio or television arts program is usually required.
  • Practical training like 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

205

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

12.2%

self employed

34.1%
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65.9%
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40

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

51.2%

Halifax

20.9%

Cape Breton

14.0%

Annapolis Valley

7.0%

North Shore

7.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

61.0%

Information and cultural industries

4.9%

Accommodation and food services

4.9%

Professional, scientific and technical services

4.9%

Public administration

4.9%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

25-34

22.0%

45-54

20.0%

35-44

15.0%

15-24

10.0%

65+

7.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

37.5%

College Diploma

$33,748 median annual income
20.0%

Bachelor

$29,296 median annual income
17.5%

High school

N/A
10.0%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A
7.5%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Broadcast Journalism

College or University Program

These programs focus on the methods and techniques for reporting, producing, and delivering news and news programs via radio, television, and video/film media and prepares students to be professional broadcast journalists, editors, producers, directors, and managers. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Organizational Communication

College or University Program

These programs focus on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. They include courses in developing and maintaining interpersonal group relations within organizations, decision-making and conflict management, using 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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Radio and Television

College or University Program

These programs focus on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages and prepares students to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

ACTRA Performers Guild
Dartmouth, NS
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

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