What to expect from a career as a Broadcaster

A career in broadcasting is an opportunity to step into the spotlight; but whether it’s radio or television broadcasting, much of a broadcaster’s day-to-day activities will take place behind the scenes. From pre- to post-production, a broadcasting career can mean working unconventional hours and developing a keen nose for what works in the business.

If you see yourself as an on-air personality and are willing to put in the hard work necessary for a broadcasting education, here’s what you need to know.

Broadcasting Courses

Television, radio and other specialized broadcasting programs at Ontario colleges teach students all facets of the industry. You’ll take classes on scriptwriting, audio or video production, editing and on-air presentation, so you’ll come away with the skills needed to plan and implement a successful broadcast.

You’ll also study the various areas of broadcasting, from news, entertainment and sports to commercials and advertising. Coaching from instructors will help you learn flexibility in your presentation.

Hands-on training on college radio or television stations will give you the practical experience you need and will help you become familiar with broadcasting equipment. Many Ontario colleges also offer a work placement as part of the curriculum, so you can get a true experience of the on-air environment.

For those interested in the technical side of this industry, broadcast engineering technology programs focus on designing and creating broadcast networks and facilities, where students will maintain IT systems and ensure systems are working to their full ability.

General Broadcasting Program Requirements

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a grade 12 English credit is required for broadcasting programs. Additional requirements will vary, though any experience in the field of broadcasting, theatre or creative writing is an asset.

Programs offered at the graduate certificate level require a diploma or degree in a related field.

Broadcasting Jobs and Salaries

There are numerous career paths for those trained in broadcasting, some of which include:

  • Public or private broadcasting
  • Web broadcasting, television broadcasting or radio broadcasting (including deejaying)
  • Post-production studio work
  • Working in the audio / visual department for an established company

Other opportunities with cable and specialty networks are also available.

Salaries in the field are difficult to predict. Graduates of broadcasting programs at Ontario colleges have an average starting salary of between $25,000 and $30,000 per year. Salaries for on-air personalities vary depending on the level of success and experience.

Ontario Colleges Offering Broadcasting Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of broadcasting programs at Ontario colleges.

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