CAREER PATHWAYS

"Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them." 
~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Employment is expected to decline moderately through 2018.

  • Competition will continue to be keen for jobs on large metropolitan and national newspapers, broadcast stations and networks, and magazines.
  • Small broadcast stations and publications and online newspapers and magazines should provide the best opportunities. Talented writers who can handle highly specialized scientific or technical subjects will have an advantage.

Employment change

Employment of news analysts, reporters, and correspondents is expected to decline 6 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Many factors will contribute to the decline in this occupation. Consolidation and convergence should continue in the publishing and broadcasting industries. . . . The continued demand for news will create some job opportunities.

Earnings

Annual wages news analysts, reporters, and correspondents:

  • Median $34,850 in May 2008
  • Top 10 percent earned more than $77,480
  • Middle 50 percent earned between $25,760 and $52,160
  • Lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,180  

Annual wages of reporters and correspondents: 

  • Median was $33,430 in newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishing
  • Median was $37,710 in radio and television broadcasting

Annual wages of broadcast news analysts:

  • Median $51,260 in May 2008
  • Median $51,890 in radio and television broadcasting
  • Highest 10 percent earned more than $156,200
  • Middle 50 percent earned between $32,000 and $88,630
  • Lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,470

~May 2008 figures The Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos088.htm)