ELECTRONIC RESEARCH TECHNICIAN - Emerging Occupation
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) News Analyst, Reporters and Correspondents 27-3020
OES Broadcast News Ananlysts 34014
Electronic research technicians search for and retrieve information from the Internet and other electronic databases. They select which websites, electronic bulletin boards, search engines, and keywords to use to achieve appropriate results. They clip the text and data that are pertinent to the inquiry. Some technicians also analyze the information and write abstracts, summaries, or reports. These technicians may specialize in a particular subject matter or respond to all types of inquiries. Enterprise Resource Integration research would include Pattern Recognition such as 1) what combinaitons of products do certain demographic group tend to buy?, and 2) inventory movement by time and location.
TASKS - 1) Gathers information and develops subject perspective through research, interview, observation, and experience. 2) Analyzes and interprets information to formulate and outline story ideas. 3) Records commentary or presents commentary or news live when working in broadcast medium. 4) Examines news items of local, national, and international significance to determine selection or is assigned items for broadcast by editorial staff. 5) Selects material most pertinent to presentation and organizes material into acceptable media form and format. 6) Writes commentary, column, or script, using computer. 7) Edits material for available time or space.
WORKPLACE COMPETENCIES - Research technicians need to be enquiring, curious, perceptive and persistent. They should also be self-confident, competitive and accurate. They need to be able to accept criticism and work well under pressure. It is important that they are culturally sensitive and that they enjoy dealing with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
The following lists the KSA's for Broadcast News Analysts (O*NET) 27-3021.00
KNOWLEDGE
Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media
English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
SKILLS
Information Gathering - Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information
Writing -Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience
Speaking - Talking to others to effectively convey information
Information Organization - Finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
ABILITIES
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
Oral Comprehension - The ability to understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so that it is understandable to a listener
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS - To gain knowledge in a wide variety of topics, persons interested in this career should pursue an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional coursework that develops research skills, knowledge of information systems, word processing skills, computer database skills, and knowledge of the Internet will be helpful. CIP - 24.0101
WAGE ESTIMATES - Based on the Texas 2000 Occupational Employment Statistics for News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents, the Annual Wage was $30,770 and the Median Wage was $11.86 per hour. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission/Labor Market Information Department)
OUTLOOK - In 1998 there were 450 Broadcast News Analystsemployed in Texas. The projected growth rate is 11.1%. The number of openings through 2008 is projected to be 15 (growth - 5, replacement - 10) per year. (Source: TWC/LMI)
INDUSTRY - Information Technology

Last Updated on 8/21/01