What does a radio broadcaster do?
Radio broadcasters provide a variety of information and entertainment to audiences with many different radios in their homes, motor vehicles, work places, and other areas that can pick up radio waves. They broadcast their voices and cover a wide variety of subject matter from the news and weather to entertainment and celebrity gossip. They often interact with callers and members of the community by getting involved in community events. Radio broadcasters can specialize in many different areas such as news, weather, sports, journalism, talk shows, and presenting music.
What kind of training does a radio broadcaster need?
Radio broadcasters must have at least a high school diploma or GED. Many radio broadcasters have at least an associate degree. Many community colleges and technical schools offer programs in broadcast technology. Radio broadcasters that specialize in specific area of radio broadcasting such as program production or news have a bachelor degree. Radio broadcasters often complete courses in information technology, computer science, journalism, speech, and broadcasting techniques. Many radio broadcasters intern at radio station while they are completing their education to gain hands-on experience. They learn the technology aspects, on-air techniques, and how radio stations are run. Some aspiring radio broadcasters also work at college radio stations to gain experience and more on-air time. Most employers also provide on the job training to new radio broadcasters. Radio broadcasts must stay current on the latest advancements and technologies in radio broadcasting and often complete continuing education throughout their career.
What are the prospects for a career as a radio broadcaster?
Employment of radio broadcasters is projected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 12% from 2006 to 2016 (1). Digital broadcasting and technological advancements will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition in major metropolitan areas. Job openings will be better in smaller cities and rural areas. Job openings will also result from the need to replace radio broadcasters that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do radio broadcasters make?
As of October 2009, the middle 50% of radio broadcasters earn annual salaries between $31,231 and $52,052. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $61,530 (2).
A career as a radio broadcaster is a great choice for people interesting in broadcasting a variety of information over the radio. Radio broadcasters must be comfortable talking on-air and interacting with people who call in. They must be quick, witty, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Radio broadcasters must be able to effectively present a wide variety of information and operate different electronic equipment.