Careers in Telecommunications

A degree in telecommunications prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing, fast-paced electronic media communications industry. Students learn key aspects of writing, producing, and directing content for broadcast communication, in order to prepare them for diverse career paths within fields such as news, entertainment, production, videography, directing, and editing.

Career Descriptions

Radio Announcer
Radio announcers talk on radio or television. They may interview guests, act as master of ceremonies, read news flashes, identify station by giving call letters, or announce song title and artist.  Radio announcers also prepare and deliver news, sports, and/or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.  In addition they read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.

Operations Assistant
Operations assistants perform normal operational and programming functions of an FM radio station, including remote control of transmitter and associated log keeping activities. They perform as on-air station operator; programming the station; maintaining accurate program, operations, and transmitter logs; controlling the transmitter. They also assist in the production of broadcast promotions and special announcements and in the production of pre-tape programs and program series.

Music Producer
Music producers design stage lighting, running sound, run music auditions while collaborating with the Director, Choreographer and Production Manager, and set the rehearsal schedule.

Reports investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe events at the scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and also may take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit accompanying video material. Many reporters enter information or write stories using laptop computers and electronically submit the material to their offices from remote locations.

News Writer
News writers write a story from information collected and submitted by reporters. Radio and television reporters often compose stories and report “live” from the scene. At times, they later tape an introduction to or commentary on their story in the studio.

Broadcast News Analyst
Broadcast news analysts analyze and interpret news and information received from various sources in order to be able to broadcast the information. They edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space. In addition they examine news items of local, national, and international significance in order to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.

Weathercasters are responsible for reporting weather and weather related/environmental stories.  They must be adept at ad-libbing information conversationally and disseminating information unscripted in a compelling story telling style.

Sportscasters are journalist on radio and/or television who specializes in reporting or commentating on sporting events. Sportscasting is often done live, "in real-time". Play-by-Play announcers are sportscasters who provide live commentary of a game. This person must have an excellent grasp of the rules of the game being covered along with its nuances. Preparation is a very important task for a successful play-by-play announcer who most often gained their experience in the sport as a player and/or coach. Knowledge of statistics and sports history is a great asset. This person needs an energetic delivery and a very quick wit. In most cases a play-by-play announcer will work with a Color Commentator, but in some cases will have to fly solo. Color commentators are valued for experience and insight into the game, and are often asked questions by the play-by-play announcer to give them a topic for analysis. Color commentators are more likely to be professional broadcast journalists than a participant in the sport, although there are numerous exceptions to these general trends.

Radio Operator
Radio operators receive and transmit communications using radiotelegraph or radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. They repair equipment, operate radio equipment in order to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.

Video Editor
Video editors are responsible for assembling the final product as a sequence consisting of shots from the raw camera footage, dialogue, sound effects and graphics. This is a key role in the post-production process and the editor's skill determines the quality and delivery of the final product. The director tells the film editors how to rearrange the scenes that have been shot, what footage to cut, and where to insert music, sound, or optical effects.

Website or Internet Producer
Website or internet producers work with engineering, design, production and marketing departments, using my unique ability to communicate across traditional corporate, technical, artistic and social boundaries. This position requires knowledge of several programs, operating systems, HTML and Web production, digital media formats, or video production/post.

TV Announcer
TV announcers may interview guests, act as master of ceremonies, and read news flashes. They prepare and deliver news, sports, and/or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots. TV announcers also study background information in order to prepare for programs or interviews.

Program Director
Program directors oversee the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. They develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement. Program directors develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program.

Assistant News Director
Assistant news directors lead and coach news teams to deliver strong enterprise reporting, excellent storytelling and aggressive breaking news coverage. Their responsibilities include planning and executing special events coverage; scheduling anchors and reporters; conducting performance reviews.

Assignment Editor
Assignment editors supervise and coordinate activities of radio or television news gathering staff and maintain contact with outside news agencies, police and fire departments, and other news sources to obtain information regarding developing news items. They determine priority and assign coverage to news units and originate or approve ideas for news features.

Sound Engineering Technician
Sound engineering technicians operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Technical Director
Technical directors are usually the most senior technical person within a theatrical company or television studio. This person usually possesses the highest level of competence in a specific technical field and may be recognized as an expert in that industry. The technical director provides technical direction on business decisions and in the execution of specific projects. He or she may be assigned to a single project, or may oversee a number of projects with related technologies.

Station Manager
Station managers usually hire and train all employees or oversee the training by department managers in large stations. The station manager may also deal with contract issues with on air personalities as well as work closely with union stewards or other managers within the agency. The station manager has final decision making ability in determining the format for the station and usually interacts directly with the programming director. Station managers have the responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the station including managing the various departments, scheduling on and off air staff, dealing with promotions and other advertising issues as well as ensuring that the station follows are regulations and guidelines.