What do they do?

Narrate or write news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. May collect and analyze information through interview, investigation, or observation.

Also known as:

Anchor, News Anchor, News Reporter, Radio News Anchor, Radio Talk Show Host, Reporter, Staff Writer, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Television News Reporter, Television Reporter (TV Reporter)

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists is projected to Decline 24 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

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    Ranks #61 in job growth rate
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    Job Openings

    Ranks #38 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (4%)
  • Master's degree  (22%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (60%)
  • Associate's degree  (3%)
  • Some college, no degree  (8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (3%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

Typical College Majors

Most Popular Majors that prepare News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists

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  • #1
    • Degrees Granted

      8,888
    • Female Students

      5,948
    • Male Students

      2,940
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,700
  • #2
    • Degrees Granted

      8,008
    • Female Students

      4,951
    • Male Students

      3,057
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,000
  • #3
    • Degrees Granted

      4,232
    • Female Students

      1,991
    • Male Students

      2,241
    • Median Starting Salary

      $38,000
  • #4
    • Degrees Granted

      648
    • Female Students

      295
    • Male Students

      353
    • Median Starting Salary

      $37,000
  • #5
    • Degrees Granted

      629
    • Female Students

      155
    • Male Students

      474
    • Median Starting Salary

      $41,400

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • 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 that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Write informational material.
  • Report news to the public.
  • Coordinate reporting or editing activities.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Analyze information obtained from news sources.
  • Gather information for news stories.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Develop professional relationships or networks.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
  • Interview others for news or entertainment purposes.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Correspond with customers to answer questions or resolve complaints.

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