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Public Address System & Other Announcers

Also called: Disc Jockey (DJ), Master of Ceremonies (MC), Mobile Disc Jockey (Mobile DJ), Public Address Announcer (PA Announcer)

What they do:
Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.
On the job, you would:
  • Select and play music appropriate for the crowd.
  • Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
  • Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Graphic equalizer software
  • Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol
Web page creation and editing software
  • Atomix Productions VirtualDJ
  • Facebook Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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