Adults can be cheerleaders, and most professional sports teams require cheerleaders to be at least 18 years of age and high school graduates. Professional cheerleaders, like the renowned Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, have rules and regulations that dictate the age requirements of becoming a professional cheerleader. Most adult cheerleaders get paid on a per game basis depending on their experience.
Cheerleading is considered both a sport and a career. Becoming a cheerleader, either professional or amateur, requires practice, team spirit and dedication, according to Cheer Channel. Adult cheerleaders often represent the team by volunteering, making public appearances and running camps for aspiring cheerleaders.