Job Description:

A podcaster creates and produces audio or video content, typically in the form of episodes, on a specific topic or theme, and distributes it through online platforms for listeners to access and enjoy.

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What you will do:

As a podcaster, you will be:

  • Creating a content strategy, deciding on episode topics, themes, and formats that align with the podcast’s goals and target audience
  • Conducting in-depth research to gather information, data, and insights related to the chosen topics for accurate and engaging content
  • Writing scripts or outlines that structure the flow of each episode, ensuring coherence, clarity, and a well-organised presentation
  • Setting up recording equipment, capturing high-quality audio or video content, and ensuring good sound quality and clarity
  • Editing recorded material to remove errors, enhance audio quality, and add music, sound effects, or additional content for a polished final product
  • Conducting interviews with guests or experts on the chosen subjects, asking insightful questions to extract valuable insights and perspectives
  • If the podcast involves storytelling, the podcaster might perform scripted narratives, delivering content in an engaging and captivating manner
  • Uploading edited episodes to podcast hosting platforms, ensuring proper metadata, descriptions, and artwork for consistent branding
  • Sharing episodes on social media, engaging with the audience, collaborating with other podcasters, and employing marketing strategies to attract new listeners
  • Building a community around the podcast, responding to listener feedback, addressing questions, and fostering a sense of connection and involvement
  • Monitoring listener metrics, such as downloads, subscriptions, and engagement, to assess the podcast’s performance and make informed decisions for improvement
  • Staying updated on industry trends, evolving podcasting techniques, and new technologies to enhance the quality and appeal of the content
  • Building relationships within the podcasting community, attending events, and collaborating with other creators for cross-promotion
  • Exploring ways to generate revenue from the podcast, such as sponsorships, advertisements, listener support, or merchandise


You will need:

  • knowledge in content creation, promotion and marketing and podcast hosting platforms
  • knowledge in audio editing, recording techniques and recording environment setup
  • knowledge in scripting, interviewing and storytelling
  • knowledge of copyright considerations and basic legal aspects related to podcasting
  • knowledge of analytics

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While there are no specific GCSE subjects that are mandatory for becoming a podcaster, certain subjects can help develop skills relevant to the field.

  1. English: Enhances communication, storytelling, and scriptwriting skills.
  2. Media Studies: Provides insight into content creation, production techniques, and media trends.
  3. Business Studies: Offers knowledge of marketing, promotion, and monetisation strategies.
  4. ICT or Computing: Develops technical skills for recording, editing, and online distribution.
  5. Art or Graphic Design: Enhances visual content creation for podcast artwork and promotional materials.
  6. Social Sciences: Provides a broader understanding of societal trends and human behavior.

While these subjects can provide a foundation, remember that successful podcasting relies heavily on your passion, dedication, and ability to connect with your audience.

Becoming a podcaster doesn’t require specific formal qualifications, but there are certain requirements and steps you can follow; such as establishing and online presence, promoting your podcast, and growing and working on your recording and editing skills.

Working Hours and Environment:

Podcasters often have flexible working hours, allowing them to create content at their convenience. They can work from home or a quiet recording space, using equipment like microphones and computers to record and edit episodes. The environment should be free from background noise to ensure high-quality audio.

Additionally, podcasters may spend time researching, planning, scripting, recording, editing, and promoting episodes, which can vary the workload throughout the week.

Career Path & Progression:

The typical career path of a podcaster involves starting with a topic of interest, creating content, building an audience through promotion, exploring monetisation options, networking, improving content quality, diversifying skills, scaling up, gaining industry recognition, and staying innovative.