Journalism & Radio/TV Career Options

There are many types of journalists, from the local beat newspaper reporter to the foreign correspondent, the magazine feature writer to the freelance book reviewer, and so on. It is difficult to pin down the daily routine of an average journalist. Journalists interview sources and review records to assemble, collect, and report information and explore the implications of the facts.  In this digital age, many professionals with a journalism background are finding work as online content writers and editors.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment of broadcast news analysts is expected to grow 10 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of reporters and correspondents is expected to decline moderately by 8 percent by 2020. Declines are expected because of the consolidation of news organizations, a decrease in readership of newspapers, and a decline in viewership for many news television shows.

Professionals with a background in radio and television studies are prepared to handle a number of careers that could land them in a variety of different settings.  Sample job titles include: anchors of network programming, announcers on both radio and television programs, sports broadcasters, commercial announcers, in-studio radio hosts/radio DJ, in-studio music director or audio producer/engineer, voice-over talent, news and event broadcasters in the field, live remote coordinators, camera operators, script writers, and more.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment of radio and television announcers is projected to grow by 7 percent by 2020; employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 4 percent by 2020; employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent by 2020.

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