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Working As An 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 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 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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Athletic Trainer Career Paths

Athletic Trainer
Physical Therapist Outpatient Physical Therapist Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist Therapist Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Administrator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Clinical Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Outpatient Pharmacist Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Massage Therapist Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager Clinical Director
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Massage Therapist Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Massage Therapist Administrator Practice Administrator
Medical Practice Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Operations Manager Practice Manager
Clinic Physician Director
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Physical Therapist Rehabilitation Center Manager Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehab Director
6 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%
$170,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Health Care
Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does an Athletic Trainer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Athletic Trainer in the United States is $81,012 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 $170,000.

Real Athletic Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Athletic Trainers Skillman Tennis Associates LLC Islandia, NY Sep 14, 2016 $110,611
Athletic Trainer ATP Tour, Inc. FL Jan 01, 2015 $99,410
Athletic Trainer Proform Tennis Academy LLC Rye Brook, NY Aug 07, 2013 $90,000
Athletic Trainer Proform Tennis LLC Rye Brook, NY Aug 07, 2013 $90,000
Athletic Trainer S-10 Training LLC New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $80,000 -
$85,000
Athletic Trainer WTA Tour, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Sep 09, 2016 $80,000
Elite Athlete Training Specialist Quixote Investments LLC Portland, OR Jul 05, 2013 $75,252
Elite Athlete Training Specialist Quixote Investments LLC Portland, OR Jul 02, 2013 $75,252
Athletic Trainer Playground Gym LLC Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 17, 2013 $72,000
Athletic Trainers Proform Tennis LLC Rye Brook, NY Aug 28, 2013 $68,000
Athletic Trainers NEO World Health Club, Inc. NY May 20, 2013 $67,460
Athletic Trainer/Rehabilitation Specialist Soho Strength Lab Inc. New York, NY Oct 30, 2016 $65,000
Athletic Trainer/Instructor International Center for Healing Arts San Diego, CA Sep 16, 2015 $62,610
Athletic Trainers Institute for Performance, Rehabilitation, and WEL CA Feb 13, 2013 $62,400
Athletic Trainer Reekstin Enterprises Inc. Fullerton, CA Nov 07, 2016 $47,858
Athletic Trainer Symmetry Physical Therapy & Wellness LLC Pelham, NY Apr 01, 2015 $47,207
Athletic Trainer Escondido Union High School District Escondido, CA Oct 15, 2013 $45,851
Athletic Trainer Team Rehabilitation Services LLC Bloomfield, MI May 02, 2013 $45,640 -
$60,000
Athletic Trainer Cerritos Community College District Norwalk, CA Sep 02, 2014 $45,413
Equestrian Athletic Trainer White Birch Farm Greenwich, CT Jul 29, 2016 $45,303
Athletic Medicine Trainer University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Aug 16, 2013 $45,150
Athletic Trainer Curators of The University of Missouri Rolla, MO Jul 20, 2014 $39,600
Athletic Trainer Bay Minette Physical Therapy Services, Inc. Bay Minette, AL Jun 01, 2014 $39,500
Occupational Athletic Trainer Onsite Innovations, Inc. CT Aug 30, 2013 $39,493
Athletic Trainer St. Lawrence University Canton, NY Aug 29, 2016 $39,475
Athletic Trainer Physiotherapy Corporation Scottsdale, AZ Aug 31, 2016 $39,250
Athletic Trainer Mass Bay Spine & Sport Physical Therapy, Inc. Marshfield, MA Sep 15, 2015 $38,902

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Top Skills for An Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic Injuries
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Physical Therapy
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  • Evaluate and refer non-emergency athletic injuries to a medical facility and/or administer treatment and rehabilitation program.
  • Provide progressive rehabilitation services and injury prevention techniques as well as practice/game coverage.
  • Coordinated and supervised medical, physical therapy and surgical referral process for student-athletes.
  • Coordinated with fellow trainers to develop fundamental soccer skills and teamwork
  • Oversee seventeen varsity sports and provide prevention, clinical diagnosis, evaluation and rehabilitation for injuries and medical conditions.

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Top 10 Best States for Athletic Trainers

  1. Vermont
  2. Michigan
  3. Connecticut
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Florida
  7. Minnesota
  8. Texas
  9. Rhode Island
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Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

46.9%

Female

42.8%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.7%

French

9.2%

Japanese

5.0%

Chinese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Swedish

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Cornish

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

German

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Swahili

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Finnish

0.8%
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Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

18.5%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

7.1%

Ohio University -

5.1%

Kent State University

5.1%

West Virginia University

4.9%

Illinois State University

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.5%

Auburn University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

Brigham Young University

4.2%

Temple University

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Indiana State University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.6%

East Carolina University

3.5%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.5%
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Majors

Athletic Training

34.0%

Kinesiology

24.3%

Health Education

6.7%

Physical Therapy

5.4%

Business

4.8%

Education

3.0%

Medicine

3.0%

Nursing

2.4%

Exercise Physiology

2.1%

Physician Assistant

2.0%

Psychology

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Health And Wellness

1.4%

Educational Leadership

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Masters

38.2%

Other

10.7%

Doctorate

4.5%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

1.3%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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