Broadcasting Career Field

Broadcasting Careers Outlook

Broadcasting CareersEmployment in the radio and television broadcasting industry is expected to increase about 11 percent, more slowly than the average for all other occupations through 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Competition is the name of the game in the broadcasting industry. The public has many viewing and listening choices, from cable, satellite TV, and conventional television to radio, satellite radio, and Web broadcasts. Because of this competition and FCC deregulation, radio and television stations have been consolidating to keep their costs down. These consolidations have created fewer opportunities for technical workers, top managers, marketing and advertising sales workers, and broadcasters (especially in radio), as owners of multiple stations downsize and merge staffs to save money and improve productivity.

Job seekers should be prepared for stiff competition, since this field is an attractive and popular career choice. Be prepared to work in a smaller market to gain experience; most larger markets stations, such as Chicago and New York, prefer to hire experienced workers.

Careers in Broadcasting:

  • Actors
  • Art Directors
  • Audio Recording Engineers
  • Broadcast Engineers
  • Cable Television Technicians
  • Camera Operators
  • Cartoonists and Animators
  • Comedians
  • Disc Jockeys
  • Media Planners and Buyers
  • Production Assistants
  • Radio and Television Announcers
  • Radio and Television Program Directors
  • Radio Producers
  • Real-Time Captioners
  • Reporters
  • Screenwriters
  • Sports Broadcasters and Announcers
  • Stage Production Workers

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