Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers specialize in identifying, managing and recovering from injuries. They also work with injured clients recovering from injuries without surgery.

Athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as allied health specialists. It's a great time to specialize in athletic training. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects athletic training to grow at an exceptional rate through the near future. Most athletic trainers earn between $35,000-75,000 annually.

Working Conditions
Athletic trainers work with other medical specialists, coaches, parents, and athletic administrators while treating athletes. They treat athletes under the supervision of medical doctors. Athletic trainers often develop personal relationships with the people they treat.

Athletic trainers are employed by the following organizations:

  • Collegiate and professional sports teams
  • Middle and high schools
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Rehabilitation facilities and hospitals
  • The armed forces and police agencies
  • Doctors' offices

Career Training and Education

Most athletic trainers hold at least bachelor's degrees. While earning a degree, athletic trainers learn about:

  • Injury prevention
  • Pathology
  • Acute disease and injury care
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Healthcare administration

In addition to classroom learning, athletic training students obtain clinical training at healthcare clinics, doctors' offices, emergency rooms, hospitals, universities and colleges, and high schools.

Contact the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to learn more about accredited athletic training programs.

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