Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these or other important topics. 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.
Educational requirements for announcers vary. Radio and television announcers typically need 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.
The median annual wage for announcers was $30,080 in May 2015.
Employment of announcers is projected to decline 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. Experienced, formally trained announcers should have the best job prospects.
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