Summary Report for:
27-3012.00 - Public Address System and Other Announcers
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Announcer, Bingo Caller, Disc Jockey (DJ), Emcee, Entertainer, Event Host, Master of Ceremonies (MC), Mobile Disc Jockey (Mobile DJ), Public Address Announcer (PA Announcer), Track Announcer
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Select and play music appropriate for the crowd.
- Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
- Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
- Inform patrons of coming events at a specific venue.
- Set up and test various equipment, including sound equipment, before each event.
- Greet attendees and serve as masters of ceremonies at banquets, store openings, and other events.
- Read prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
- 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.
- Announce programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.
- Provide running commentaries of event activities, such as play-by-play descriptions or explanations of official decisions.
- Organize team information, such as statistics and tournament records, to ensure accessibility for use during events.
- Furnish information concerning plays to scoreboard operators.
- Meet with event directors to review schedules and exchange information about details, such as national anthem performers and starting lineups.
- Review and announce crowd control procedures before the beginning of each event.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Audio amplifier — Amplifiers
- Audio mixing consoles — Musical instrument digital interface MIDI sequencers; Table top multi players
- Audio turntable — Record turntables
- Equalizers — Graphic equalizers
- Headphones — Headsets
- Loud speaker stand — Speaker stands
- Microphone stand — Microphone stands
- Microphones — Handheld microphones
- Musical instrument effects unit — Sound effects devices
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Public address systems — Loudspeaker systems; Portable public address PA systems; Wireless public address PA systems
- Remote control — Tablet computer remote controls
- Surge protector panel — Surge protectors
- Tablet computers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Instant messaging software — Twitter
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Music or sound editing software — Graphic equalizer software; Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol; PreSonus Virtual StudioLive; Sports Sounds Pro (see all 5 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Web page creation and editing software — Atomix Productions VirtualDJ; Facebook ; Website creation software
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- 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.
- Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
- 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.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Detailed Work Activities
- Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
- Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
- Verify accuracy of data.
- Operate audiovisual equipment.
- Host events.
- Compile technical information or documentation.
- Coordinate athletic or sporting events or activities.
- Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
- Public Speaking — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 47% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 63% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Very important.”
- Time Pressure — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 44% responded “Some freedom.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Some freedom.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 44% responded “More than half the time.”
- Physical Proximity — 48% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Deal With External Customers — 50% responded “Very important.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Important results.”
- Telephone — 53% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 30% responded “Every day.”
- Level of Competition — 45% responded “Highly competitive.”
- Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “About half the time.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Very important.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 38% responded “Every day.”
- Electronic Mail — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 43% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 35% responded “Less than half the time.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|36||High school diploma or equivalent|
|30||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: SEA
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
- Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$12.95 hourly, $26,930 annual|
|Employment (2014)||10,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Slower than average (2% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||3,200|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Announcers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.