Live Streamers


Live Streamers


Live streamers create and/or host video shows in real time on social media platforms such as YouTube and Twitch, among others. They use smartphones, tablets, and computer webcams to broadcast live events and share them through the Internet. Depending on the live stream platform, live streamers may have followers and/or subscribers who pay for access to the live streaming programs. On Twitch alone, which is for live gaming streamers, there were about 9.36 million active streamers in April 2021.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Several years experience in a specialized field or live gaming



Performance, Music, and Acting


Personality Traits



Incomes vary for live streamers depending on whether they work a full-time employees or part-time contract workers. Those who work on a contract basis may be paid anywhere from $1,000 or less to $5,000 or more per month, which could be $12,000 to $60,000 or more per year. Professional streamers with millions of subscribers can earn $1 million or more per year. They earn money based on the numbe...

Work Environment

Live streamers and live gaming streamers work in offices in their homes and in company offices and studios. They may spend time outdoors for live streaming outdoor events and activities. Their hours will vary; they may work during the day or they may work evenings and weekends. Some work part time while holding day jobs in other fields, so their workdays may be especially long. People may think...


The outlook for live streaming and lives game streaming is bright. A growing number of people have been following and subscribing to live streams in recent years and these numbers are expected to continue increasing in the near future. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 caused many lockdowns around the world, resulting in people stuck at home looking for safe ways to interact and be entertained. ...