The Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment categorizes The Broadcast News Analyst Career as part of the Artistic Theme Code Category. The Strong Interest Inventory® is based on the seemingly simple idea that personal and work-place preferences make some individuals better suited for certain jobs than others. However, matching individuals with specific careers can be challenging. The Strong Interest Inventory® is the most comprehensive and proven Career Assessment available, first assessing individuals’ workplace preferences and styles, and then calibrating them based on a large database of results from professionals in a broad range of careers. The Artistic Theme Code Category, one of six categories in total, contains careers relating to the visual, verbal, and performing arts. People who score highly in the Artistic Theme Code Category enjoy flexible environments and careers where they have the opportunity to express themselves in their work.

Broadcast News Analysts compile news stories from multiple different sources, and then synthesize, analyze, interpret, and broadcast stories to a large audience, sometimes across multiple different media. The first step of this process is to determine which stories are worth reporting. Sometimes, Broadcast News Analysts may examine news items themselves to find stories which have local, national, or international significance. In other cases, they may receive assignments from members of the editorial staff. Then, Analysts need to gather as much information as possible in order to develop different aspects and perspectives within a story. Methods may include conducting online research, interviews with eye-witnesses, observation of events in the real world, and even personal experience.

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Once they have the information they need, they write commentaries, columns, or scripts, depending on the media through which the final stories may be broadcast. Sometimes, they may also produce storyboards or flows, particularly for more complex stories which may take a longer time to report, or which may need to be told in multiple segments. Broadcast News Analysts also identify and edit supporting material to ensure that the story is cohesive while also fitting into the allotted time and space. Finally, Broadcast News Analysts present news stories and broadcast them with videotaped or audio-recorded segments, including integrating transmissions from reporters who are at the scene.

In order to be successful, Broadcast News Analysts use a variety of different tools and technologies, including audio-video editing and recording consoles, notebook and desktop computers, headphones, microphones and other recording equipment, and more. They also use specialized software, including analytical applications like Neilsen Arianna, music or sound editing software like Audion Laboratories VoxPro, and project management software such as Desktop Technologies NewsBoss. As with many office positions, Broadcast News Analysts also need to have a mastery of Microsoft Office, Internet Browsers, and E-mail interfaces.

In addition to this technical expertise, Broadcast News Analysts should have strong communications and media skills, including the ability to work in multiple media such as digital, audio, video, and text. They also require familiarity with telecommunications systems as well as computers and electronics. Because of the significant amount of writing they must complete, strong English communication skills, especially in writing, are essential to success as a Broadcast News Analyst. Most Broadcast News Analysts hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university (75%). An additional 14% hold an Associate’s Degree. Just 7% of Broadcast News Analysts hold a High School Diploma or equivalent with no further professional college degree. A level of higher education is important to develop the technical knowledge and critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential to be a great fit for this career.

Broadcast News Analysts salary averages $27.25 per hour nationwide or $56,680 per year. The states with the highest average salaries are Nevada, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin, all of which are well above $60,000 per year. The top 10% of analysts in Nevada earn nearly $190,000, while Indiana follows close behind at $170,000. On the other hand, analysts in the nearby state of Colorado earn an average of just $40,990 per year, with even the best paid earning under $130,000. The employment of Broadcast News Analysts is also slowly but steadily declining, with a 13% decline projected before 2024. Just 160 new jobs are expected to open per year across the country.

Below are some employment trends for Broadcast News Analysts.

  • Median Salary: $27.25 /hour; $56,680 annually
  • Employment: 5,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2014-2024): Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2014-2024): 1,600
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections]

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