NOC 5123

Breif Descripition

The job of the journalist is to research, investigate, interpret and communicate news and public affairs through various media, such as television, radio, and newspapers. Their duties include collecting news through interviews, investigations, and experience, then writing articles for publication and broadcasting.


  • - Advertising firms
  • - Commercial printing firms
  • - Federal government

  • Journalist are either working on writing their news at the office or out looking for stories around the world. Journalists are constantly working under pressure to get their stories in on time. Their working hours are unpredictable as they may have to work through the weekend and even pull all-nighters to meet deadlines.


    - Time management

    - Organization

    - Story telling

    - Communication

    - Research

    - Analyze

    - Flexibility and adaptability

    - Reporting

    Salary Range

    Hourly Rate

    C$9.86 - C$29.83

    Annual Salary

    C$24,353 - C$71,023

    Future Outlook

    Employment growth in 2020 :

    -by 2020, 146,055 jobs created in the economy.

    2020 Job Seekers vs Job Openings:

    Job seekers- 5,710

    Job openings- 5,444

    - by 2020 there won't be enough job openings for all the people wanting to become journalist.

    Educational Requirments

    Journalists have 3 pathways open to them, university, college or apprenticeship.

    University: There are 17 programs available throughout Ontario for anyone who wants to pursue journalism through university programs, some of them include BA Digital Journalism & Communication, Media & Film, in University of Windsor, Journalism in Ryerson University, or Journalism and Humanities in Carleton University. Most of these programs last 3-4 years depending on the university and the program. Universities in Ontario require ENG4U and five 4U/M courses for admission.

    College: There are 54 programs available in Ontario for anyone aspiring to become a journalist. Some of these programs include Journalism in Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Journalism - Web and Print in Durham College, or Journalism - Broadcast Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology. Most of these programs last 2-3 years depending on the program and college. All programs require Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U) and a Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for admission.

    Employment Requirmens

  • To become a journalist a person must have either a university degree, college diploma in journalism or a similar field such as communications. After a journalist becomes more experienced they may be promoted to editorial positions or become producers.
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