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Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers have an important role in the diagnosis, assessment, management, treatment and rehabilitation of injured athletes and non-athletes. They are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals. Under the supervision of a doctor, an athletic trainer provides emergency and follow-up care to athletes and other clients.

Athletic trainers serve as an important connection between an injured athlete, the doctor and the coach to determine when it's the correct time for the athlete to begin practicing and competing in athletic competitions. They also utilize their knowledge of anatomy, pathology and biomechanics to create athletic injury prevention and treatment programs.

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement athletic injury and illness prevention programs
  • Create training programs and routines that improve athletic performance
  • Advise people regarding the proper use of equipment in order to reduce the risk of injury
  • Evaluate an athlete and help determine if the athlete is ready for practices and competitions
  • Apply injury preventive or protective devices to athletes
  • Provide therapy programs
  • Order equipment and supplies
  • Keep records on their clients
  • Report the progress of a recovering athlete to doctors and coaches

Job Characteristics

The work environment of athletic trainers varies and depends on the industry they work in and the employer. Sometimes travel is part of the job. Athletic trainers working in non-sports environments usually have an established work schedule which includes from 40 to 50 hours of work per week. Those working in hospitals and clinics sometimes work at other locations while performing outreach services.

Athletic trainers that work in sports environments have variable schedules. They need to be with the team at practices and competitions which may occur during the evenings and the weekends. Athletic trainers that work for professional sports teams usually work the most hours per week.

Since athletic trainers constantly interact with a variety of people they should have good communication and social skills. They also need to be well organized and have a desire to help people.

Employment Outlook

Employment of athletic trainers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 37 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. Job growth may be concentrated in the healthcare industry including hospitals and health practitioners' offices. New jobs may also be provided by fitness and recreation sports centers.

The salary of athletic trainers varies by their job responsibilities, job setting and experience. In 2008 the median annual salary for athletic trainers was $39,640.

In 2008 approximately 39 percent of athletic trainers worked in public and private educational services, primarily for colleges, universities and high schools. About 38 percent worked in the healthcare field, including at hospitals, doctors offices, and the offices of other health practitioners.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Almost all athletic trainer positions require a bachelor's degree. The programs combine teaching in classrooms and clinical settings. The programs provide numerous science and health related classes.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has stated that almost 70 percent of athletic trainers hold a master's degree or higher. Some positions, especially at colleges and universities, may require a master's degree or better.

Athletic training programs typically include classes in subjects such as therapeutic exercise, therapeutic modalities, human anatomy and physiology, athletic training program administration, kinesiology/biomechanics, nutrition and exercise physiology.

Most states require athletic trainers to be licensed or registered. The certification requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree from an accredited athletic training program along with passing a test. The National Athletic Trainers' Board of Certification, Inc., oversees the certification of athletic trainers.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providers are colleges, universities, secondary schools, professional sports programs and sports medicine clinics.

Schools for Athletic Trainers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Athletic Trainers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Athletic Trainers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 130 $37,160
Birmingham 130 $37,160
Mobile 40 $39,890
Opelika 40 $42,670
Auburn 40 $42,670
Tuscaloosa 40 $46,140
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 350 $38,060
Mesa 350 $38,060
Phoenix 350 $38,060
Tucson 40 $47,620
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 80 $29,910
North Little Rock 80 $29,910
Little Rock 80 $29,910
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 500 $48,800
Los Angeles 500 $48,800
Anaheim 500 $48,800
San Francisco 190 $52,380
Hayward 190 $52,380
Oakland 190 $52,380
San Diego 140 $48,560
Carlsbad 140 $48,560
Sacramento 100 $48,440
Roseville 100 $48,440
Arcade 100 $48,440
Arden 100 $48,440
San Jose 80 $48,390
Santa Clara 80 $48,390
Sunnyvale 80 $48,390
Riverside 60 $40,410
Ontario 60 $40,410
San Bernardino 60 $40,410
Bakersfield 40 $43,840
Santa Rosa N/A $45,470
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 180 $39,040
Aurora 180 $39,040
Denver 180 $39,040
Colorado Springs 60 $65,880
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 300 $41,790
Stamford 300 $41,790
Bridgeport 300 $41,790
East Hartford 140 $46,460
West Hartford 140 $46,460
Hartford 140 $46,460
New Haven 90 $45,380
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 330 $42,900
Fort Lauderdale 330 $42,900
Miami 330 $42,900
Orlando 160 $53,880
Sanford 160 $53,880
Kissimmee 160 $53,880
Tampa 90 $41,420
Clearwater 90 $41,420
St. Petersburg 90 $41,420
Jacksonville 90 $42,090
Cape Coral 50 $52,260
Fort Myers 50 $52,260
Winter Haven 40 $44,940
Lakeland 40 $44,940
Tallahassee 30 $42,240
Sarasota N/A $22,700
Bradenton N/A $22,700
North Port N/A $22,700
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 340 $46,010
Roswell 340 $46,010
Sandy Springs 340 $46,010
Savannah 50 $44,310
Macon N/A $52,740
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 150 $50,700
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 80 $41,520
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 50 $47,070
Urbana 30 $54,550
Champaign 30 $54,550
Springfield N/A $40,990
Bloomington N/A $46,720
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 230 $43,920
Carmel 230 $43,920
Indianapolis 230 $43,920
Fort Wayne 80 $37,720
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 30 $37,910
West Des Moines N/A $40,080
Des Moines N/A $40,080
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 130 $40,390
Lexington 130 $40,390
Bowling Green 50 $38,020
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 70 $48,600
New Orleans 70 $48,600
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $42,770
Portland 60 $42,770
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 140 $43,240
Columbia 140 $43,240
Baltimore 140 $43,240
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 420 $45,580
Warren 420 $45,580
Detroit 420 $45,580
Ann Arbor 70 $46,780
Lansing 50 $52,590
East Lansing 50 $52,590
Saginaw 40 $39,970
Grand Rapids N/A $42,970
Wyoming N/A $42,970
Bay City N/A $45,940
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $37,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 100 $46,400
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $40,740
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $48,750
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 120 $37,750
Cheektowaga 120 $37,750
Buffalo 120 $37,750
Syracuse 120 $42,970
Rochester 90 $45,350
Schenectady 50 $49,540
Troy 50 $49,540
Albany 50 $49,540
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Asheville 60 $36,830
Raleigh 50 $47,370
High Point 40 $34,410
Greensboro 40 $34,410
Wilmington 40 $39,030
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 260 $47,880
Elyria 190 $43,600
Cleveland 190 $43,600
Akron 100 $44,160
Dayton 90 $46,230
Toledo 60 $46,240
Canton 50 $44,780
Massillon 50 $44,780
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 130 $38,360
Tulsa 40 $37,410
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 340 $38,330
Lancaster 90 $32,340
State College 60 N/A
Barre 50 $38,650
Hazleton 50 $38,650
Wilkes 50 $38,650
Scranton 50 $38,650
York 40 $51,690
Hanover 40 $51,690
Carlisle 30 $37,400
Harrisburg 30 $37,400
Erie 30 $44,060
Reading N/A $46,700
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 80 $40,350
Mauldin 80 $40,350
Anderson 80 $40,350
North Charleston 30 $42,610
Charleston 30 $42,610
Spartanburg 30 $47,850
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 160 $42,280
Murfreesboro 160 $42,280
Davidson 160 $42,280
Nashville 160 $42,280
Knoxville 60 $42,230
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 560 $54,480
Dallas 560 $54,480
Fort Worth 560 $54,480
The Woodlands 510 $65,680
Houston 510 $65,680
Sugar Land 510 $65,680
Mission 60 $55,540
McAllen 60 $55,540
Edinburg 60 $55,540
Killeen 40 $45,630
Temple 40 $45,630
El Paso 40 $48,840
Corpus Christi 30 $52,550
Lubbock 30 $54,240
College Station 30 $55,940
Bryan 30 $55,940
New Braunfels N/A $29,300
San Antonio N/A $29,300
Round Rock N/A $44,860
Austin N/A $44,860
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 50 $47,180
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 50 $48,510
Burlington 50 $48,510
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 90 $40,130
Charlottesville 60 $54,550
Harrisonburg 30 $46,300
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 190 $47,700
Bellevue 190 $47,700
Tacoma 190 $47,700
Spokane Valley 40 $37,220
Spokane 40 $37,220
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 200 $48,880
West Allis 200 $48,880
Milwaukee 200 $48,880
Madison 80 $56,850
Appleton 40 $44,850
Green Bay 30 $42,070

Most Popular Industries for :
Athletic Trainers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 5,370 36% $42,430
Medical Office 3,230 22% $38,270
Hospital 2,710 18% $39,990
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 2,330 16% $30,080
Performing Arts And Sports 810 5% $39,370
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