Clowns dress in outlandish costumes, paint their faces, and use a variety of performance skills to entertain audiences. They work in circuses, amusement parks, schools, malls, rodeos, and hospitals, as well as on stage, in films, and even on the street. Clowns are actors and comedians whose job is to make people laugh. There are an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 professional clowns worldwide. There are many more amateurs. About 95 percent of clowns work part time and supplement their incomes with other jobs.

Quick Facts
Duties Use a variety of performance skills to entertain audiences
Alternate Title(s) Mimes
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Experience performing
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Creative
  • Social
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Well-Known Clown
  • Experienced Clown
  • Entry-Level Clown

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