Newscaster: Job Description & Career Requirements

Newscasters work in a television or broadcast studio and are responsible for reporting news to the public. While off air, newscasters correspond with various sources, in order to verify information and ensure the accuracy of any news reports. Read on to learn more about the training, salary and job outlook for this career.

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Career Definition

A newscaster presents news stories and introduces video and live feeds from on-the-scene reporters. Newscasters report the news to television audiences and generally read reports from a teleprompter. Newscasters can find work in different specialties, which may include local or national current events, sports or weather. The job of a newscaster is to be trustworthy, control the program and regulate the mood of a television audience.

How to Become a Newscaster

Education Required

Most newscasters are required to have a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field. Most of the courses that students take involve mass media, reporting, public speaking, journalism, broadcasting and television/radio production. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, reported that students in high school can prepare for a career as a newscaster by focusing on classes like English and social studies. After receiving their degree, prospective newscasters will continue their education through internships at local radio or television stations.

Skills Required

Newscasters must have a pleasing voice and appearance. Newscasters need to be trustworthy and have excellent communication skills. Anyone looking to begin a career in this field needs to be prepared to meet deadlines, work irregular hours and have tremendous reading comprehension skills. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important and can help newscasters stay informed and up to date on current topics and trends.

Economic and Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job opportunities for broadcast news analysts were expected to remain steady over the next decade and should see a growth of 10% from 2010-2020. Employment may be more limited due to the consolidation of television stations across the country. Applicants may see a great deal of competition for jobs in large urban regions. According to the BLS, the average yearly salary for a broadcast news analyst was $78,380 in 2012.

Alternate Career Options

Announcer

Announcers interview guests and present news, music and sports programs for radio, television, or sports teams. The most common education to enter this career is a bachelor's degree, and many announcers have already received some experience at college stations. Slower than average employment growth of 7% was expected from 2010-2020, per the BLS. Radio and television announcers earned an average annual wage of $41,860 in 2012.

Atmospheric Scientist, Including Meteorologist

With a bachelor's degree, these professionals can study the weather and climate, making forecasts for the public. The BLS projected about as fast as average employment growth of 11%, from 2010-2020 and reported an annual average salary of $90,010 in 2012 for atmospheric and space scientists.

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