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How do I become a professional archer?

I'm very athletic and I love archery. I want to do something with my career that has something to do with archery. #athletics #archery

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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Your question is probably that most interesting one I have seen on here in a few months :) I did a little research for you and while there are not a lot of direct archery careers...you can be an Archery Instructor, own a store that sells Archery equipment, if you are really good then you can try to be an Olympic Athlete.
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080425141406AAGyEL5
I found this link above for you, it is a yahoo answer from someone else asking about archery careers.
I also found some job listings related to archery on this monster link:
http://jobs.monster.com/v-sports-q-archery-jobs.aspx


Good luck!!

Thank you comment icon Thank you, Gary! My teacher and class thought no one would ever answer this question since there were no previous questions or even similar topics. Thank you for the links...I will definitely check them out. You rock! :) Jeremy
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Laura’s Answer

Hello! I can give a general overview of the steps it takes, though bear in mind that each step can take many years to achieve. First off, find a place to take archery lessons, just to see if you like it. Once you have determined archery is the sport for you, you'll want to find an archery club, a range and a coach that will support you and your goals. Then it is all about practice, practice, practice (just like any sport :) ) Once you are doing well and shooting competitive scores, it is time to move on to the next step of competing. There are tournaments held across the country and around the world. This is where you'll spend a lot of time, perfecting yourself and your score. Depending on what type of archery you're pursuing, be it target compound, target recurve, barebow, 3D, olympic recurve, etc, each has their own tournament. People pursuing Olympic recurve professionally are typically trying to make the US Archery Team and or going to the Olympics. This takes decades of practice and focus (just like any olympic sport.) Archers shoot 6 days a week, hundreds of arrows a day, plus physical training. Only archers at the top of their sport are really able to do it professionally i.e. don't work another job. Often they will be sponsored as well.

USA Archery has many resources for pursuing archery: https://www.usarchery.org/
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Kelly’s Answer

I did it from 3rd grade though high school and came across different professions and titles.

1. Olympic Archer:
At the pinnacle of competitive archery are the Olympic archers. These athletes dedicate countless hours to perfecting their technique, mental focus, and physical strength. Careers in Olympic archery often begin with rigorous training from a young age, with aspirations of representing their country on the grandest stage of all—the Olympic Games. When I went to Hall's Arrow in Manchester, CT, I met many instructors who were former Olympians and world cup competitors. https://www.hallsarrow.com/

2. Archery Coach:
Behind every successful archer stands a dedicated coach. Archery coaches play a crucial role in nurturing talent, refining technique, and providing emotional support to aspiring archers. Whether working with beginners at local clubs or elite athletes vying for international recognition, coaches impart invaluable wisdom and guidance to help archers reach their full potential. These people do private lessons and evaluate differing factors. Some specialize in recurve, others compound.

3. Archery Instructor:
For those who are passionate about teaching and enjoy working with people of all ages and skill levels, becoming an archery instructor can be a fulfilling career choice. Instructors lead introductory courses, organize recreational events, and provide one-on-one guidance to help individuals develop their archery skills in a safe and supportive environment. As a kid, I had many instructors with stories of various challenges, and how to strategize hitting that perfect 300 score.

4. Bowyer:
The art of crafting bows is an ancient tradition that continues to thrive in modern times. Bowyers, skilled artisans with a deep understanding of woodwork and engineering, meticulously handcraft bows using traditional techniques or modern materials. From traditional longbows to high-tech compound bows, bowyers create custom-made masterpieces tailored to the individual needs and preferences of archers. While I have yet to ever see a job posting in my region for this, I know people who do so privately or commercially.

5. Archery Retailer:
In the world of archery, equipment matters, and archery retailers play a vital role in supplying enthusiasts with everything they need to pursue their passion. Whether operating a brick-and-mortar store or an online shop, archery retailers offer a wide range of bows, arrows, accessories, and safety gear, along with expert advice to help customers make informed choices. If you have a Cabela's or bow vendor in your region, scout their career section for positing. People who are amazing at sales pitch the best with first hand experience with the product.

6. Archery Event Coordinator:
From local tournaments to international competitions, archery events require meticulous planning and coordination. Event coordinators oversee every aspect of competitions, from securing venues and managing logistics to ensuring fair play and adherence to regulations. With attention to detail and a passion for archery, event coordinators ensure that each competition is a memorable and successful experience for participants and spectators alike. This is another position that exits with various titles, but the essential job duties are similar.

7. Archery Media Specialist:
In the digital age, the demand for captivating content about archery is on the rise. Archery media specialists leverage their creativity and technical skills to produce engaging videos, articles, and social media posts that showcase the beauty and excitement of the sport. Whether working for archery publications, brands, or as independent creators, media specialists play a vital role in promoting archery and inspiring the next generation of enthusiasts.

8. Archery Technician:
especially if you have a setting where one deals with child archers, parts break. Behind the scenes of every archery shop is a skilled technician ensuring that bows are finely tuned and arrows fly true. Archery technicians specialize in bow maintenance, repair, and customization, providing essential services to archers seeking peak performance from their equipment. With expertise in bow mechanics and attention to detail, technicians play a crucial role in keeping archers on target.
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