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Disk Jockey

Overview: These radio specialists select music CDs, tapes and records to be played during a program broadcasting. They operate music playing equipment and discuss and comment about music quality, musicians and topics such as time, weather, news & traffic. They interview guest musicians & critics.
Duties: They decide upon the style of music and performing musicians to be heard based upon knowledge of the broadcasting station's target audience and select specific musical prices to be played.

They operate the musical equipment whether it be CD players, tape or record players. Introduce the music by describing the composer, style, musicians, etc. Pace music with commercials.

They read radio commercials for sponsors and give other audience interest information such as weather reports, traffic conditions and time. Interview guest musicians & critics on the program.

Determine how to increase the popularity of the show by studying the program's ratings of size and type of the radio audience and by analyzing competitive disk jockeys & shows on other stations.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
A.A.S. Music Production 
Job Outlook: Employment of disk jockeys is expected to decline slowly through 2018 due to increasing consolidation among radio stations and the use of syndicated programming outside a station’s listening area. Growth of satellite radio may contribute to the expected decline.
Starting Salary: Starting salaries vary greatly from station to station. In very large stations, average salaries are higher.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Formal training in broadcasting communications from a college or technical school is essential. Most radio disk jockies have an associate degree or a bachelor's degree, however, your speech delivery is most critical. It is important to have campus or internship radio announcement experience.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.