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At a Glance... header image

Mixes music discs and tracks for entertainment in a variety of settings including discos, nightclubs, weddings, private parties etc,.


The Work header image

Disc jockeys (DJs) are performers who present and play music to a particular audience. They work in one of a number of areas including pubs, clubs, events and local or national radio stations.  
 
Many DJs own their own equipment, this includes CDs or records and, in the case of mobile DJs, a whole sound system containing items such as an amplifier, speakers, lights and CD players. Before a gig, mobile DJs need to unload and set up equipment. They must dismantle it at the end of the gig.  
 
Some DJs mix music between one track and the next to create new sounds. Others talk between tracks, using a microphone. They often take music requests from the audience.  
 
DJs working in radio (often known as 'presenters') introduce and play music and create a programme around the music, which involves duties such as interviewing guests, hosting 'phone-ins', presenting quiz shows and talking to listeners between tracks. They may also introduce news bulletins, give out travel news and weather information and, on commercial radio stations, broadcast advertisements.  
 
Radio DJs follow a 'running order' that gives the times and sequence for items. Most DJs help to decide the running order with the producer. They also help to choose music and contribute ideas for features. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare and deliver news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.

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Read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.

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Identify stations, and introduce or close shows, using memorized or read scripts, and/or ad-libs.

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Select program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.

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Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.

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Comment on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions.

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Interview show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.

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Discuss various topics over the telephone with viewers or listeners.

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Host civic, charitable, or promotional events that are broadcast over television or radio.

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Make promotional appearances at public or private events to represent their employers.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be comfortable using a microphone and it is essential that you have clear speech. You should be outgoing, confident and friendly in order to communicate with an audience and to carry out interviews.  
 
It is important that you are well organised and able to think and react quickly if anything unexpected happens, such as equipment breaking down or a guest failing to arrive for an interview.  
 
If you decide to work in radio, you will need an enthusiasm for and knowledge of particular types of music and current affairs. For local radio, you should have knowledge of music and local affairs.  
 
You should be able to operate technical equipment and as a mobile DJ, you will also need to be able to maintain and fix equipment.  
 
Self-employed DJs require business skills in order to sell their services, control budgets, buy equipment and keep financial records.


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Organisation: Contemporary Music Centre Ireland
  Address: 19 Fishamble St, Temple Bar Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 673 1922
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE)
  Address: Donnybrook, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 208 3111
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