NOC 5231 – Announcers and other broadcasters



Announcers and other broadcasters read news, sports, weather, commercial and public service messages and host entertainment and information programs for broadcast on radio or television. They are primarily employed by radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

Movement to occupations in journalism is possible for those with an educational background in journalism or a related field.

Main Duties

Announcers and other broadcasters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Select and introduce music, videos and other entertainment material for broadcast, and make commercial and public service announcements
  • Act as host/hostess or master of ceremonies, introduce and interview guests and conduct proceedings of shows or programs
  • Read news, sports and weather for radio and television
  • Report on weather conditions using information provided by weather forecasting services
  • Report on traffic conditions by maintaining contact with external sources of information or by observing traffic from air or land vehicle
  • May present own material or material prepared by others.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a college radio or television arts program is usually required.
  • Practical training, such as work at a college radio station, may be required.
  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.

All Titles

  • announcer
  • announcer, P.A. (public address) system
  • announcer, public address (P.A.) system
  • announcer-producer, international service
  • broadcaster
  • circus ringmaster
  • commentator, fashion show
  • commercial announcer
  • disc jockey – broadcast
  • DJ (disc jockey) – broadcast
  • fashion show commentator
  • freelance announcer
  • game show host/hostessgame show host, game show hostess, host, game show, hostess, game show
  • host/hostess – television or radiohost – television or radio, hostess – television or radio
  • host/hostess, game show
  • host/hostess, talk showhost, talk show, hostess, talk show, talk show host, talk show hostess
  • international service announcer-producer
  • master of ceremonies (MC)
  • MC (master of ceremonies)
  • mobile disc jockey
  • moderator – broadcasting
  • news reader
  • newscaster
  • P.A. (public address) system announcer
  • public address (P.A.) system announcer
  • quiz master – radio and television
  • radio announcer
  • radio host/hostessradio host, radio hostess
  • reporter, traffic
  • reporter, weather
  • sports announcer
  • sports commentator
  • sportscaster
  • staff announcer
  • talk show host/hostess
  • television host/hostesstelevision host, television hostess
  • television newscaster
  • traffic reporter
  • video jockey (VJ) – television broadcast
  • VJ (video jockey) – television broadcast
  • weather reporter


  • Broadcast journalists who prepare and present their own reports (See 5123 Journalists)
  • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (5227)


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