Athletic Training Careers
If you love sports and are looking for a hands-on health care career, this growing field may be for you. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes the profession and recommends athletic trainers in every high school.
What do Athletic Trainers do?
As part of a complete health care team, athletic trainers evaluate, diagnose, advise and treat patients to help them prevent and recover from injuries and illnesses. They provide immediate emergency management and follow-up care for injuries. Athletic trainers relish the challenge of working with patients to achieve their individual goals by using active, functional interventions.
Where do Athletic Trainers work?
- high schools, colleges and universities
- professional sports
- sports medicine clinics
- physician offices and hospitals
- military bases
- clinical and industrial health care programs
- athletic training education programs
- performing arts companies
What will I like (or dislike) about this work?
- daily interaction with highly motivated patients
- pressure situations when dealing with on-field examinations and return-to-play decisions
- working closely with other members of the health care team
- hands-on work
- a range of simple-to-complex patient problems
How is the job outlook?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010/11): “Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase, most significantly in schools and youth leagues.”
What are the educational requirements?
- bachelor degree (minimum)
- doctorate degree (if desired)
- completion of a CAATE-accredited program
- passing the Board of Certification exam