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Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers
Quick Facts : Athletic Trainers*
2010 Median Pay$41,600
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201218,200
Job Outlook30% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change5,500

Athletic trainers are specialists in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone illnesses and work with all kinds of people from children, soldiers, and professional athletes. They are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. Athletic trainers also work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers.

What Athletic Trainers Do

  • Recognize and evaluate injuries and provide first aid or emergency care
  • Apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces
  • Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
  • Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness from athletics
  • Do administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

Work Environment

Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as secondary schools or colleges. Others work in physicians' offices or for professional sports teams. Some spend much of their time working outdoors on sports fields in all types of weather.
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Job Outlook

Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, but it?s a small occupation so the fast growth will result in only about 5,500 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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The average salary of athletic trainers was $41,600 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor's degree, although it's common to have both a bachelor's and master's degree. In most states, athletic trainers need a license or certification; requirements vary by state.
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