Announcers and other broadcasters (NOC 5231)

About this job

Announcers and other broadcasters:

  • read news, sports, weather, commercial and public service messages
  • host entertainment and information programs for broadcast on radio or television
  • work mainly for radio and television stations and networks
  • may also work for commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television
Common job titles
  • announcer, PA (public address system)
  • broadcaster
  • DJ (disc jockey) - broadcast
  • host / hostess - TV / radio
  • MC (master of ceremonies)
  • moderator - broadcasting


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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in an indoor broadcast environment, but may also involve reporting traffic conditions from an air or land vehicle.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

Additional resources

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