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Radio & Television Announcers

Also called: Anchor, Announcer, News Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Broadcast Journalist; Broadcast Journalist Apprentice; Broadcast Journalist Craftsman; Broadcast Journalist Helper; Broadcast Journalist Journeyman

What they do:
Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate control consoles.
  • Record commercials for later broadcast.
  • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.

Knowledge

Communications
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Audion Laboratories VoxPro
Word processing software
  • Burli Software Burli Newsroom System
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Program logging software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$30,960
per year, on average
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