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Working As An Assistant Athletic Trainer

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Athletic Trainer Do

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Duties

Athletic trainers typically do the following:

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

Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. They work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers, often discussing specific injuries and treatment options or evaluating and treating patients, as directed by a physician. Some athletic trainers meet with a team physician or consulting physician regularly.

An athletic trainer’s administrative responsibilities may include regular meetings with an athletic director or another administrative officer to deal with budgets, purchasing, policy implementation, and other business-related issues. Athletic trainers plan athletic programs that are compliant with federal and state regulations, such as laws related to athlete concussions.

Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers and instructors, including personal trainers.

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How To Become An Assistant Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to have a license or certification; requirements vary by state.

Education

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree programs are also common. Degree programs have classroom and clinical components, including science and health-related courses, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits athletic trainer programs, including postprofessional and residency athletic trainer programs.

High school students interested in postsecondary athletic training programs should take courses in anatomy, physiology, and physics.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Athletic trainers work with athletes and patients who may be in considerable pain or discomfort. The trainers must be sympathetic while providing treatments.

Decisionmaking skills. Athletic trainers must be able to make informed clinical decisions that could affect the health or livelihood of patients.

Detail oriented. Athletic trainers must record patients’ progress accurately and ensure that they are receiving the appropriate treatments or practicing the correct fitness regimen.

Interpersonal skills. Athletic trainers must have strong interpersonal skills in order to manage difficult situations. They must communicate well with others, including physicians, patients, athletes, coaches, and parents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Nearly all states require athletic trainers to be licensed or certified; requirements vary by state.  For specific requirements, contact the particular state’s licensing or credentialing board or athletic trainer association.

The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) offers the standard certification examination that most states use for licensing athletic trainers. Certification requires graduating from a CAATE-accredited program and completing the BOC exam. To maintain certification, athletic trainers must adhere to the BOC Standards of Practice and Disciplinary Process and take continuing education courses.

Advancement

Assistant athletic trainers may become head athletic trainers, athletic directors, or physician, hospital, or clinic practice administrators. In any of these positions, they will assume a management role. Athletic trainers working in colleges and universities may pursue an advanced degree to increase their advancement opportunities.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer Career Paths

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Athletic Trainer Physical Therapist Therapist
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Athletic Trainer Physical Therapist Clinical Instructor
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Athletic Trainer Physical Therapist Team Leader
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Trainer Team Leader Store Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Trainer Team Leader Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Trainer Consultant General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Head Athletic Trainer Adjunct Professor Project Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Head Athletic Trainer Adjunct Professor Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Head Athletic Trainer Adjunct Professor Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Athletic Trainer Physician Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Athletic Trainer Physician Assistant Medical Officer
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Athletic Trainer Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Nurse Practitioner Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Technician Operation Supervisor
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Adjunct Instructor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Therapist Clinical Manager
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Brown University
Highest Paying City
Greeley, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Assistant Athletic Trainer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Athletic Trainer in the United States is $80,785 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $168,000.

Real Assistant Athletic Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami Dolphins, Ltd. Davie, FL Sep 30, 2014 $53,500
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami Dolphins, Ltd. Davie, FL Oct 24, 2016 $53,500
Assistant Athletic Trainer Columbia University New York, NY Jul 01, 2010 $46,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Aug 24, 2015 $46,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Specialist 1A) University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Sep 10, 2015 $46,000
Assistant Trainer University of Houston System Houston, TX Apr 27, 2016 $45,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Sep 15, 2015 $43,688
Assistant Athletic Trainer Suny College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY Aug 15, 2013 $43,681
Assistant Athletic Trainer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Dec 10, 2016 $43,404
Assistant Athletic Trainer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Aug 10, 2016 $43,404
Assistant Trainer The University of Houston Houston, TX Jan 13, 2014 $43,015
Assistant Athletic Trainer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Jun 15, 2016 $38,372
Assistant Athletic Trainer State University of New York (Suny) College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY May 08, 2016 $38,209
Assistant Athletic Trainer Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Jul 01, 2015 $38,147
Assistant Athletic Trainer Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Jun 30, 2012 $38,147
Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Miami-Human Resources Coral Gables, FL Sep 14, 2009 $38,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, MS Jun 01, 2013 $38,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL Sep 16, 2009 $37,753
Assistant Athletic Trainer The Univeristy of Southern Missisippi Hattiesburg, MS Sep 13, 2010 $37,597
Assistant Athletic Trainer Boise State University Boise, ID Jun 16, 2015 $36,359
Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Minnesota Crookston, MN May 01, 2014 $36,300
Assistant Athletics Trainer Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX Oct 21, 2013 $36,280
Assistant Athletic Trainer Texas A&M University-Commerce Commerce, TX Jan 10, 2016 $36,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami University Oxford, OH Jan 07, 2010 $35,973
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami University Oxford, OH May 01, 2011 $35,973
Assistant Athletic Trainer Canisius College Buffalo, NY Jul 14, 2012 $35,751
Assistant Athletic Trainer Longwood University Farmville, VA Apr 11, 2016 $35,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic Injuries
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Men
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  • Developed and implemented rehabilitation protocols for prolonged athletic injuries and post-surgical recovery.
  • Managed practice and game coverage, record keeping, and insurance claims regarding the school's secondary insurance policy.
  • Provide positive learning environment for Springfield College Athletic Training students and uphold all expectations of preceptor position.
  • Provide athletic training to all men's and women's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball, and softball teams.
  • Managed referrals and medical claims for all student athletes while also providing quality rehabilitation and maintaining patient satisfaction.

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  4. Michigan
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  6. Minnesota
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Assistant Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.1%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

French

8.2%

Chinese

5.7%

Japanese

4.9%

Mandarin

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

4.1%

Arabic

3.3%

German

2.5%

Swedish

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Finnish

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Danish

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%
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Assistant Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

15.9%

University of South Florida

5.5%

University of Kentucky

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Florida International University

5.5%

Old Dominion University

4.9%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

4.9%

Indiana State University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.5%

University of Findlay

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

William Woods University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

James Madison University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%
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Majors

Kinesiology

23.1%

Athletic Training

21.0%

Business

11.1%

Health Education

5.3%

Psychology

4.5%

Biology

3.7%

Physical Therapy

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Nursing

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Animal Science

2.2%

Agricultural Production Operations

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Medicine

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Physician Assistant

1.6%

Educational Leadership

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

31.5%

Other

16.9%

Associate

6.3%

Doctorate

2.8%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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