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Circus Performers

Overview

Circus performers entertain with a wide variety of unusual acts that terrify, amuse, and amaze their audiences. Circus artists appear to defy death as they swing from a trapeze or walk a tightwire high above the ground. Some perform gymnastic feats on the ground, and clowns entertain with their absurd antics. Others train and perform with animals, such as elephants and tigers. Most circus performers are able to perform a variety of circus skills. Though "running away to join the circus" may seem like a fun way to earn a living, in reality, it is grueling, hard work.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Athletic

Creative

Realistic

Career Ladder
Experienced Circus Performer or Circus Manager

Circus Performer

Apprentice

Set-Up/Clean-Up Crew Member or Animal Caretaker

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