Bookmark and Share Scholarships

Announcers and Other Performers

What they do?

Announcers and other broadcasters read the news, sports, weather, and commercial messages, and host entertainment/information programs for broadcast on radio/television. They may specialize in areas such as news, sports, weather or traffic reporting, and present their own material or material prepared by others.

Circus performers such as trapeze artists, high-wire walkers, clowns, and jugglers entertain audiences at circuses.

Buskers entertain passers-by on sidewalks, and in malls and other areas with magic tricks, juggling acts, music, short dramatic works, and other entertainment activities.

Magicians and illusionists perform sleight-of-hand and other tricks to entertain audiences.

Models display clothing/other merchandise in commercials, advertisements, and fashion shows. They also pose for photographers and artists.

Puppeteers operate puppets/marionettes.

Where they find work?

1. Information and cultural industries - 43.0%
2. Arts entertainment and recreation - 29.0%
3. Accommodation and food services - 15.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you need a high school diploma.

2. You usually have to demonstrate your talent and ability at auditions.

3. To be an announcer or other broadcaster, you usually need a college radio or television arts diploma and may require training/experience. Announcers need specialized voice training.

4. To be a circus performer or acrobat, you may need to study at a circus school.

5. To be a model, you usually need modelling courses.

6. Many performers acquire their training under the guidance of another performer.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. French
3. Drama

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Announcers and Other Performers is $17.85/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Announcers and Other Performers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Announcers and Other Performers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of Announcers and Other Performers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Announcers and Other Performers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Announcers and Other Performers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Announcers and Other Performers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($17.85) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Announcers and Other Performers are found in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (19%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Current affairs knowledge

2. Presenting

3. Entertainment

Part Time Workers

Announcers and Other Performers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


43% of Announcers and Other Performers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 10,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 21% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Announcers and Other Performers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The younger-than-average age (35) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Announcers and Other Performers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 38% of Announcers and Other Performers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Announcers and Other Performers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


23% of the individuals employed as Announcers and Other Performers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.