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Public Address System Announcer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Makes announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Selects and plays music appropriate for the crowd.
  • Previews any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
  • Learns to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
  • Informs patrons of coming events at a specific venue.
  • Sets up and tests various equipment, including sound equipment, before each event.
  • Greets attendees and serves as masters of ceremonies at banquets, store openings, and other events.
  • Reads prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
  • Instructs and calms crowds during emergencies.
  • Improvises commentary on items of interest, such as background and history of an event or past records of participants.
  • Announces programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Announcer --
  • Bingo Caller --
  • Disc Jockey (DJ) --
  • Emcee --
  • Entertainer --
  • Event Host --
  • Master of Ceremonies (MC) --
  • Mobile Disc Jockey (Mobile DJ) --
  • Public Address Announcer (PA Announcer) --
  • Track Announcer --