Radio Journalists collect and analyse facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation and observation and write stories for radio news or current affairs programs.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in journalism, followed by a one-year cadetship involving on the job training, to work as a Radio Journalist. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events from interviews, printed matter, investigations and observations.
    • Writes news reports, commentaries, articles and feature stories for radio on topics of public interest.

    All Journalists and Other Writers

    • $1,576 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Radio Journalists

    • 470 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 56% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Radio Journalists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 610 in 2011 to 470 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Radio Journalists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 56% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Information Media and Telecommunications93.7
    Financial and Insurance Services2.4
    Arts and Recreation Services2.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.3
    Other Industries0.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateRadio JournalistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.531.6
    VIC22.125.6
    QLD16.720.0
    SA6.47.0
    WA9.010.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT2.81.0
    ACT4.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketRadio JournalistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-2414.2-9.39.3
    25-3433.0-22.922.9
    35-4418.1-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-596.0-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationRadio JournalistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree58.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.4-21.121.1
    Year 1215.5-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in journalism, followed by a one-year cadetship involving on the job training, to work as a Radio Journalist. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      79% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Communications and Media

      79% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    3. Geography

      62% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    4. Sociology and Anthropology

      54% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

    5. History and Archeology

      53% Skill level

      Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

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    1. Time Pressure

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    2. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

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    3. Telephone

      99% Important

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    4. Contact With Others

      94% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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