How to Become a DJ

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DJs, sometimes referred to as announcers, announce and present music, news, and sports on radio programs. Some DJs also artfully mix music compilations for recording studios. They are knowledgeable in radio and sound equipment and technology. DJs work for radio stations, music companies, entertainment venues and party planners. In most cases, a person who wants to become a DJ does not have to obtain a college degree.[1]


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Education None[1]
Starting pay $17, 270[2]
Median pay $28,020[2]
10 yr growth Little or no change: 2%[1]
Related professions Broadcast and sound engineers, radio host, actors, singers
Author Selena Robinson

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DJ Job Overview

DJs are entertainers who present hand selected and mixed music to a party or entertainment venue. They may also make announcements on radio stations or live events. Radio DJ job duties include present music, news, sports, the weather, the time and commercials. Performance DJ job duties include make promotional appearances at public or private events, provide music selections and make commentary at an event.[3]

Difference between an Announcer and an Event DJ

While they are both called DJs, and announcer and an Event DY are two different positions. Announcers are DJs who work for TV and radio stations. They choose music, programming and other announcements to be delivered during the day. They also announce the weather and news. Event DJs work parties, weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. Whether they mix their own recordings or play and copyright free selection, they provide the entertainment.[3]

DJ Education

DJs are not required to earn a college degree. While a high school degree or GED is preferable, it is not required for an aspiring DJ to have either.[4] There are some colleges that offer DJ courses and degrees. These programs range from a few months to years. Coursework includes history of music, music genres, sound equipment and DJ software.[5]

DJ Training

DJs learn their skills under the tutelage of another music professional. Much like an internship or apprenticeship, senior DJs teach their students how to mix music, operate sound equipment, how to watch for requests and keep an eye on the crowd. There are no minimum requirements for how long a DJ has to study. Other DJs study books and self-teach themselves how to operate the equipment. This is especially true if the jockey has a natural ear for music.[6]

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Learning how to be a great DJ

Also See: How to Become a Baseball Announcer, How to Become a Singer, How to Become a Jazz Musician, How to Become a Music Producer


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