Originally Posted by Paladen
I am a big fan of paintball and want to go into tournaments and such but I am afraid of the risk involved. In order to even attempt to go "semi-pro" I will have to move, because of the location I live in right now has no decent field close by.
Is it worth trying to start a career in paintball? I hear many stories of people making livings off of it, but how long does it take? Any information is helpful
There are two things you need to consider:
1. Going pro is not an automatic progression. You could be better than every player on a pro team and not go pro - it's more about who you know than who you can beat. It's possible for you to play for a decade and never go pro.
2. Pro players do not get paid like other professional athletes. The highest contract I've heard of is for $100,000 spread over 3 years, which averages to a little over $15/hour before tax - barely enough to support yourself, much less a family or a mortgage. If you want to make money in paintball, get an engineering degree.