Public Address System and Other Announcers

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About the Job

Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

It is also Called

  • Announcer
  • Barker
  • Bingo Caller
  • Commercial Announcer
  • Deejay
  • Disc Jockey (DJ)
  • Emcee
  • Entertainer
  • Event Planner
  • Host/Hostess

What They Do

  • Furnish information concerning plays to scoreboard operators.
  • Organize team information, such as statistics and tournament records, to ensure accessibility for use during events.
  • Provide running commentaries of event activities, such as play-by-play descriptions or explanations of official decisions.
  • Review and announce crowd control procedures before the beginning of each event.
  • Study the layout of an event venue to be able to give accurate directions in the event of an emergency.
  • Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
  • Instruct and calm crowds during emergencies.
  • Improvise commentary on items of interest, such as background and history of an event or past records of participants.
  • Read prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
  • Announce programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SEA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $47,170 with most people making between $20,330 and $74,370

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 300 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 300 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately 10 job openings annually.