5) Radio Disc Jockey
The perception of a radio disc jockey is a cool, confident individual who is following their passion. A DJ controls the airwaves, creating hit playlists, providing commentary, and interviewing guests. Often DJs have big personalities that listeners love, and they tend to have a fan base or following. Some DJs perform at private events, such as weddings or parties, where a constant stream of music is wanted. Popular DJs even transform into mini-celebrities. All this has the makings for a desirable job – or so you’d think. The above description was more accurate in the 90s, but with the hi-tech advances of the 21st century, a DJ’s role is declining. An 11% decrease by 2024 to be exact. Nowadays, DJs are not the necessary commodity they once were; computer-produced playlists and station consolidation has negatively affected the industry. The 2016 median salary of $30,830 doesn’t help either.