Athletic Training Careers

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
  • travel
  • 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, “Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.”

What are the educational requirements?

  • bachelor degree (minimum)
  • doctorate degree (if desired)
  • completion of a CAATE-accredited program
  • passingĀ theĀ Board of Certification exam