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Announcer Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 42,300 Announcers in the United States. The Announcer job market is expected to shrink by -14.3% between 2014 and 2024.

Announcer Employability Rating

F Sokanu rates Announcers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 12,200 Announcers. That number is based on the retirement of 12,200 existing Announcers.

Demand for Announcers

Strong competition is expected for jobs as a radio or television announcer. Many of the available openings will be created by the need to replace retiring workers or those who move out of smaller markets. Some additional opportunities may arise from the expanding segment of internet stations, which have lower start-up costs than traditional broadcasting ventures. Short-term contracts may be available for freelance announcers who sell their services to networks, advertising agencies, independent producers, and sponsors of local events. Station mergers and consolidations, along with technological advances, increased syndication, and the expansion of satellite stations, have decreased overall demand and resulted in entry-level candidates sometimes competing for jobs with experienced on-air announcers. Aspiring announcers, therefore, will need to be more persistent and more patient than ever before. They will invariably need to have impressive credentials to be considered for the best jobs. The most sought after qualifications include a journalism, broadcasting, or communications degree; multimedia skills and knowledge of business and consumer issues; as well as an engaging on-air personality.

Supply of Announcers

The Announcer industry is concentrated in California, New York, and Texas.

Announcer Job Market by State

State name Employed Announcers
California 3,060
New York 2,170
Texas 2,040
Florida 1,840
Illinois 1,340
Pennsylvania 1,220
Tennessee 1,030
Missouri 990
North Carolina 910
Ohio 860
Minnesota 850
Wisconsin 790
Michigan 780
Washington 650
Virginia 640
Indiana 630
Kentucky 600
Georgia 560
Kansas 510
Nebraska 490
Colorado 470
Louisiana 460
Oklahoma 380
Iowa 370
South Dakota 370
South Carolina 340
Alabama 330
Oregon 330
Connecticut 320
New Jersey 300
West Virginia 290
Mississippi 290
Maryland 290
New Mexico 270
Utah 260
Arkansas 260
Nevada 240
North Dakota 230
Montana 200
Hawaii 190
Vermont 170
Puerto Rico 160
Maine 140
Idaho 120
Alaska 90
Rhode Island 90
New Hampshire 90
Wyoming 70

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