Announcers and other Broadcasters

(NOC 5231)

in All Arts, 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 are primarily employed by 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 change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Announcers and other Broadcasters most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 66% 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,411

Minimum

$25,594

Median

$77,380

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

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 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

78.9%

employed full-time

14.3%

self employed

34.1%
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65.9%
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40

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

53.7%

Halifax

22.0%

Cape Breton

14.6%

Annapolis Valley

7.3%

Southern

7.3%

Northern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

73.0%

Information, Culture & Recreation

5.4%

Educational Services

5.4%

Accommodation and Food Services

5.4%

Retail Trade

5.4%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

36.4%

35-44

27.3%

25-34

18.2%

55-64

9.1%

45-54

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

39.5%

College certificate or diploma

$29,401 median annual income
21.1%

Bachelor's degree

$28,552 median annual income
15.8%

High school

$9,748 median annual income
10.5%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
5.3%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Broadcast journalism

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Digital communication and media/multimedia

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Intermedia/multimedia

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Organizational communication - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Radio and television

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

ACTRA Performers Guild
103 - 1660 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1V7
Tel: (902) 420-1404
Fax: (902) 422-0589
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
770 - 45 O`Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4
Tel: (613) 233-4035

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