Over 4,000 passionate and talented individuals make up this unique and important industry.
Radiocentre does not have a formal role with careers in radio, but we thought that it would be helpful to provide some basic information for those interested in working in the industry. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date.
The most recent information on the radio workforce was collated by Ofcom, in 2018, in close collaboration with Radiocentre. You can also read more about diversity and inclusion and the work that we have undertaken on behalf of the industry here.
Roles in radio
There are a whole host of radio jobs. Some examples include:
|Agency Campaign Manager||Assistant Producer|
|Sales Manager||Radio Planner|
|Commercial Sales Executive||Engineering Assistant|
|Commercial Events Manager||Station Manager|
|Branded Content Producer||Imaging Producer|
|Events Co-ordinator||Broadcast Journalist|
|Crew and Logistics Manager||Social Media Executive|
|IT Manager||Commercial Scheduling Executive|
|Promotions Supervisor||Contests Producer|
|Systems Developer||Managing Director|
Stations have adapted to opportunities presented by digital media, with an increasing number of roles related to this area. The graduate careers website Prospects highlights some of the tasks involved in the role of radio broadcast assistant and radio producer, which may be helpful.
The Radio Academy have a useful site exploring job profiles within the industry, these role profiles have been compiled through conversations with both commercial radio and BBC experts.
Where to look for jobs in the radio industry
Jobs in radio are now advertised across a host of places, but more often than not they will be posted directly on station websites. It is also worthwhile following radio stations and groups on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest vacancies and internship opportunities. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date.
Some useful places to start looking for radio jobs include:
Academies and other initiatives
There are three relevant radio academies that are linked to the commercial radio industry, which all play different roles. It is worthwhile having a understanding of each one in order to make the most of the opportunities that they might be able to provide.
Other great initiatives for the industry include the Young Audio Awards and Creative Access, see more information here.
The Bauer Academy is a government registered training provider with the Skills Funding Agency and delivers AIM Award qualifications, providing multimedia training at 22 sites across the UK.
The Global Academy is a University Technical College (UTC), providing education to 15-18 year olds. Global recognises that it is crucial to equip students with the proper technical, business and creative skills they need to work in the broadcast and digital media industry, and to help them connect their core studies with vocational skills in a practical and entrepreneurial way.
The Radio Academy offers opportunities for individuals working and interested in the radio sector, which allows for networking and connecting with peers. The Radio Academy runs a series of national and regional events, including the ARIAS (the audio and radio industry awards), as well as Radio Festival.
Creative Access fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as those with a lower socioeconomic status (SES), to secure paid training opportunities in creative companies, and supporting them into full-time employment.
Get recognised for your work and build your technical skills. The Young Audio Awards are the new awards for 8 to 18 year olds and schools who love making audio. If you’re involved in radio, podcasts or audio projects, then we want to shine a spotlight on your talent.
Beyond commercial radio
The radio and audio industry have a host of opportunities outside of commercial radio. Opportunities may be available through the BBC, community radio, hospital radio and student radio. Information for audio producers is also available from Audio UK.