Radio & TV Sports Announcer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Sports announcers analyze the daily professional and college/university sports events and discuss their personal views of the games, the players, coaches and executives in a live radio or TV broadcast. They invite listeners to their live broadcast to call in and offer their opinions.
Duties: They observe and analyze the play by play action in a professional or college/university sports event. They critique the individual player's performance and the coaching and referee's decisions.

During the radio or TV broadcast, they point out the players' mistakes and offer their opinions about how the outcome of a game could have been different.

They strive to increase show popularity by analyzing the program poll ratings, criticism feedback and identifying the number of listeners & demographic facts such as age, education, sex, etc.

They meet with program sponsors to decide how to make advertising commercials more appealing to listeners and increase their awareness and purchases of the sponsor's products.

Degree(s): A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Formal training in broadcasting communications from a college or technical school is essential. Most radio & TV sports announcers have a bachelor's degree or an associate degree, however, your speech delivery is critical. It is important to have campus or internship radio/TV announcement experience.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.