We are already at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and radio, TV and Internet broadcasting jobs have not become extinct. Some say that there will be fewer available radio and TV broadcasting jobs throughout the next decade, however others disagree.
With the push for higher education and specialized skills, an education in broadcasting is highly valued. So what does one do with a broadcasting education? Where should recent graduates go to find the best broadcasting jobs in the United States and beyond?
Broadcasting schools and journalism departments all have job placement resources for upcoming graduates and new graduates. However, if these leads are not enough or do not offer the type of job graduates want, there are other resources. Current newspapers and the Website Current.org have updated job boards listing the most current broadcasting jobs including broadcasting management, production, programming, marketing and development.
Looking to transfer or experience another type of broadcasting job? Search the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Website for television or radio jobs by state. Browse broadcasting jobs from Alaska to Virginia and everywhere in between for the most suitable work environment. Recently listed broadcasting jobs include news editor, senior accountant, executive web producer, and television station coordinator. Another option is to search a specific public broadcasting network such as NPR, PRI, PBS or American Public Media with broadcasting job opportunities in Minnesota, California and Florida.
A national job bank for broadcast graduates is CareerPage.org, which lists several types of broadcasting job categories. If you know the specific area in which you want to work, then you can select from administrative, engineering, news, programming, promotions, production, or sales. Each type has both radio and television sub-categories. Additionally, a job seeker can select an individual state or search all states. A search for Colorado broadcasting jobs garnered a list of eight results posted since March 1, 2009, but results could be found as early as January 1, 2009. Contact information, as well as a job description, is included with each broadcasting job listing. Most jobs require experience in the broadcasting field, so accepting as many broadcasting internships as possible during your education is an advantage. Many times radio and television general managers will accept internships as qualified experience.
Another place to search for television and radio broadcasting jobs is JournalBroadcastingGroup.com where they accept internship applications as well as corporate, television and radio career opportunity applications. Although the corporate office is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Journal Broadcasting Group has both television and radio markets throughout the country from Alaska to Florida. Many broadcasting jobs are available through this valuable resource.
Do you speak another language fluently, such as Spanish? There is a growing market for Spanish speaking radio and television broadcast positions. Several networks across the country have Spanish radio stations (Los Angeles based KLVE 107.5 ) as well as television stations (Univision’s popular KMEX). According to the Washington Post, KMEX has a lead on other popular English news programs. Los Angeles is not the only city that carries Spanish broadcasting news and radio. One can also look to Miami, Florida and North Carolina where there are large populations of Spanish speaking Latinos. Ohio even has its Columbus based WXOL Radio Sol 1550 station with a strong Hispanic following. The market continues to grow for broadcasting jobs in both TV and radio.
Of course, broadcasting graduates can and should contact their local radio and television broadcast companies for available openings. Even if you are switching from radio broadcasting to TV broadcasting or vice versa, and have work experience, finding local stations is the best place to start searching for broadcasting jobs. Remember to always get a name and business card for future reference and also to give your name and number if you do not have a business card.
Since many radio and television stations have turned to the Internet to increase their listener base, broadcasting jobs are booming and will likely require additional broadcasting experience online in the coming decades. Use your knowledge and background to build your resume as well as your confidence in locating the most suitable broadcasting job in the 21st century.