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Announcers

Announcers - At a Glance

Announcers entertain and inform audiences on radio, TV, or in person at public events.

Quick Facts:  Announcers
WagesEarn $28,719 - $33,163 per year
EmploymentSmall occupation
10 Year GrowthDeclining
Annual OpeningsFew

Preparation 

Preparation

The Preparation section describes the education, training, and experience you need to prepare for work in an occupation. This section covers the types of formal and informal training programs you should take. In addition, this topic covers the amount of experience you need to enter an occupation.

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An announcer typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • have training and experience beyond high school
  • have a good speaking voice

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions section describes an occupation's characteristics. This section covers the conditions and settings that workers in an occupation are exposed to. This list also shows characteristics that a worker needs to do well in the occupation.

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In a typical work setting, announcers:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. Announcers talk with their audience, coworkers, and guests. However, they also spend time alone preparing for the show.
  • Work indoors most of the time. Some announcers work outdoors at sporting or promotional events.
  • Must be accurate in their reporting of news and sports. People often depend on their objectivity.
  • May work early mornings, days, evenings, or late nights. Many television and radio stations operate long hours or around the clock.

Wages 

Wages

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The Wage section gives you a sense of how much money workers earn in an occupation. Annual wage data appear for most occupations. The annual amount is based on working full time for 12 months.

Two types of information are given about wages--the median wage and the wage range. The median wage is represented by the line in the bar. The median wage is the amount above which half of all workers are paid and below which half of all workers are paid. This is similar to an average. The wage range from the 25% to the 75% is represented by the bar. The 25% means that one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn less than that amount. Similarly, one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn more than the 75%. Move your cursor over the bar to see the wage values.

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In Illinois, announcers earn a median wage of $28,719 - $33,163 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

The Employment and Outlook section gives you information about the size of an occupation, whether it is growing or declining in size, and how many job openings there may be each year.

There are five size categories for occupations in CIS: very small, small, medium, large, and very large. Similarly, five categories are used for the number of job openings: very few, few, moderate, high, and very high.

Five categories are also used for growth: declining, more slowly than average, average, faster than average, and much faster than average. The growth rate tells you how rapidly an occupation is expected to grow in comparison to all other occupations. This information is an estimate. No one can predict exactly how many jobs will be available. The rate of growth of an occupation is determined by several factors. A few major factors are the state of the economy, competition, technological advances, and environmental rules.

For more information see the Employment and Outlook topic.

In Illinois, 2,185 announcers work in this small occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois2,185
Small
-7.9%
Declining
182
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.