A bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism is usually required. However, experience is also important in landing a job as a news anchor. Volunteering to report for the college newspaper or starting a newscasting blog or vlog on issues important to a specific audience are a couple of ways to build a following and to begin building a reputation in newscasting. Another option is to submit articles to the local newspaper on current events. Experience can also be gained through a paid or unpaid internship at a local television or radio station. News anchors often work their way up the reporting ranks to land the job after working as a reporter, news writer or correspondent.

What are News Anchors like?


Based on our pool of users, news anchors tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

News Anchors by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 161 Sokanu users

Are News Anchors happy?


News anchors rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 83rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

News Anchor Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of News Anchors

The most common degree held by news anchors is Communications. 12% of news anchors had a degree in communications before becoming news anchors. That is over 4 times the average across all careers. Journalism graduates are the second most common among news anchors, representing 6% of news anchors in the Sokanu user base, which is 5.4 times the average.

News Anchor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a News Anchor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of news anchors % of population Multiple
Communications 11.8% 3.3% 3.5×
Journalism 6.2% 1.2% 5.4×
Public Relations 2.5% 0.6% 4.4×
Film Video And Photographic Arts 1.9% 0.7% 2.5×
Business 1.9% 2.4% 0.8×
Foreign Language Studies 1.9% 1.3% 1.5×
International Relations 1.9% 1.5% 1.2×
Psychology 1.2% 6.8% 0.2×

News Anchor Education Levels

67% of news anchors have a bachelor's degree. 23% of news anchors have a high school diploma.

No education 0%
High school diploma 23%
Associate's degree 7%
Bachelor's degree 67%
Master's degree 3%
Doctorate degree 0%

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