dcsimg

Athletic Trainers picture    Athletic Trainers image

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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 110 $38,740
Birmingham 110 $38,740
Auburn 40 $42,410
Opelika 40 $42,410
Huntsville 40 $46,890
Tuscaloosa 30 $42,180
Mobile -2222 $42,270
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 420 $40,840
Mesa 420 $40,840
Phoenix 420 $40,840
Flagstaff 80 $52,440
Tucson 40 $48,370
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 60 $24,780
North Little Rock 60 $24,780
Little Rock 60 $24,780
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 540 $48,530
Long Beach 540 $48,530
Los Angeles 540 $48,530
Oakland 180 $51,850
Hayward 180 $51,850
San Francisco 180 $51,850
San Diego 120 $48,420
Carlsbad 120 $48,420
Sunnyvale 110 $50,260
San Jose 110 $50,260
Santa Clara 110 $50,260
Ontario 90 $57,080
Riverside 90 $57,080
San Bernardino 90 $57,080
Sacramento 70 $51,800
Roseville 70 $51,800
Arden 70 $51,800
Arcade 70 $51,800
Bakersfield 60 $44,110
Watsonville -2222 $22,130
Santa Cruz -2222 $22,130
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 190 $42,160
Aurora 190 $42,160
Denver 190 $42,160
Colorado Springs 40 $44,550
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 130 $50,490
Norwalk 130 $50,490
Stamford 130 $50,490
New Haven 50 $51,000
East Hartford -2222 $48,230
Hartford -2222 $48,230
West Hartford -2222 $48,230
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 300 $44,620
Fort Lauderdale 300 $44,620
West Palm Beach 300 $44,620
Kissimmee 220 $47,900
Sanford 220 $47,900
Orlando 220 $47,900
Jacksonville 100 $43,690
Sarasota 90 $42,270
Bradenton 90 $42,270
North Port 90 $42,270
Tampa 90 $42,350
St. Petersburg 90 $42,350
Clearwater 90 $42,350
Ferry Pass 70 $41,090
Pensacola 70 $41,090
Brent 70 $41,090
Palm Bay 40 $24,990
Titusville 40 $24,990
Melbourne 40 $24,990
Lakeland 30 $46,070
Winter Haven 30 $46,070
Tallahassee -2222 $34,480
Cape Coral -2222 $56,930
Fort Myers -2222 $56,930
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 290 $46,820
Sandy Springs 290 $46,820
Atlanta 290 $46,820
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 140 $52,610
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 90 $36,130
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 60 $46,700
Bloomington -2222 $45,730
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 170 $46,420
Anderson 170 $46,420
Carmel 170 $46,420
Fort Wayne 80 $38,730
West Lafayette 40 $42,770
Lafayette 40 $42,770
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 60 $43,140
Des Moines 60 $43,140
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 40 $38,350
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 120 $41,870
Lexington 120 $41,870
Bowling Green 40 $38,830
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie -2222 $49,390
New Orleans -2222 $49,390
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $43,520
Portland 60 $43,520
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 120 $45,750
Columbia 120 $45,750
Baltimore 120 $45,750
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 330 $50,980
Detroit 330 $50,980
Dearborn 330 $50,980
Wyoming 130 $45,020
Grand Rapids 130 $45,020
Ann Arbor 70 $47,590
East Lansing 60 $60,800
Lansing 60 $60,800
Bay City -2222 $46,760
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 50 $38,470
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 50 $51,000
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $44,930
Columbia 30 $44,770
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 30 $39,060
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 60 $46,270
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 40 $64,620
Henderson 40 $64,620
Las Vegas 40 $64,620
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 120 $40,050
Buffalo 120 $40,050
Cheektowaga 120 $40,050
Rochester 110 $44,780
Syracuse 100 $46,160
Utica 40 $44,200
Rome 40 $44,200
Troy -2222 $51,510
Schenectady -2222 $51,510
Albany -2222 $51,510
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Asheville 60 $37,100
High Point 50 $37,000
Greensboro 50 $37,000
Wilmington 30 $40,080
Durham 30 $50,550
Chapel Hill 30 $50,550
Raleigh -2222 $40,700
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 290 $47,960
Elyria 180 $45,330
Cleveland 180 $45,330
Akron 100 $44,780
Dayton 90 $46,810
Toledo 60 $46,360
Canton 40 $45,060
Massillon 40 $45,060
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City -2222 $41,650
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 390 $39,280
Wilkes 70 $40,220
Hazleton 70 $40,220
Barre 70 $40,220
Scranton 70 $40,220
State College 50 $-1,111
Lancaster 50 $48,800
York 40 $56,180
Hanover 40 $56,180
Carlisle 30 $37,520
Harrisburg 30 $37,520
Johnstown -2222 $36,650
Reading -2222 $48,100
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 90 $40,190
Anderson 90 $40,190
Greenville 90 $40,190
Charleston 60 $42,840
North Charleston 60 $42,840
Spartanburg 50 $42,000
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 60 $43,190
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 150 $43,340
Nashville 150 $43,340
Murfreesboro 150 $43,340
Davidson 150 $43,340
Knoxville 60 $41,430
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 780 $63,370
Houston 780 $63,370
The Woodlands 780 $63,370
Arlington 620 $59,400
Dallas 620 $59,400
Fort Worth 620 $59,400
Mission 60 $59,320
Edinburg 60 $59,320
McAllen 60 $59,320
El Paso 50 $45,250
Killeen 40 $49,760
Temple 40 $49,760
Lubbock 40 $53,100
Corpus Christi 30 $53,890
College Station 30 $58,960
Bryan 30 $58,960
New Braunfels -2222 $29,780
San Antonio -2222 $29,780
Round Rock -2222 $45,740
Austin -2222 $45,740
Longview -2222 $47,120
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 60 $48,260
Orem 30 $46,050
Provo 30 $46,050
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $45,480
Burlington 40 $45,480
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 120 $38,480
Roanoke 60 $36,250
Charlottesville 50 $70,250
Harrisonburg 40 $45,690
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 210 $48,530
Tacoma 210 $48,530
Seattle 210 $48,530
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 230 $52,170
West Allis 230 $52,170
Milwaukee 230 $52,170
Madison 70 $51,900
Appleton 50 $44,890
Racine 50 $51,560
Green Bay 40 $46,460
Fond du Lac 30 $48,290

Most Popular Industries for :
Athletic Trainers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.
 
Results:  6
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Personal Fitness Trainer/Health and Wellness Professional Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
Programs
  • MEd - Corporate Wellness
  • Sports Management - Doctor of Education
  • Sports Management - Master of Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Programs
  • Sport-Exercise Psychology (MA)
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
camnpus icon
Orange
Request Info
Programs
  • Sports Marketing and Media, Bachelor of Science
  • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
Programs
  • Master of Science in Nutrition Education

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself. At American University, we strive to help you develop your professional interests and indulge in your passion for making a difference. Our online degree programs allow you to gain the advanced skills for active leadership in a variety of fields.

Set Yourself Apart at American University

At American University, our smart, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus their knowledge to create meaningful change. Our strengths in international service and public affairs inspire our sense of social responsibility and a dedication to cultural and intellectual diversity. We're defined by our global perspective, practical idealism and a dedication to public service.

Programs
  • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science - Trauma
  • M.B.A. with an Emphasis in Sports Business
  • Does the Human Mind Fascinate You? Study Psychology! Choose Your Degree:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Convenient online program options available for the master's and bachelor's degree.
  • Speak to an enrollment counselor today and find the degree that is right for you!

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Athletic Trainers.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

Back to Top