We surveyed 273 news anchors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical news anchor. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a news anchor?

Low

High

Working as a news anchor typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a news anchor?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a news anchor typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a news anchor?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a news anchor. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for news anchors.

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Do news anchors work full-time or part-time?

63% of news anchors work in full-time roles while 37% work part-time.

Is being a news anchor stressful?

Low

High

News anchors tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a news anchor?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a news anchor.

How competitive is the workplace for news anchors?

Low

High

News anchors see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a news anchor require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for news anchors.

Are news anchors allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a news anchor, and a highly valuable part of the career.