We surveyed 300 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

News anchors will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

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.