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Working As A Certified 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 A Certified 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 A Certified 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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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%
$171,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill
Highest Paying City
Bangor, ME
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Certified Athletic Trainer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Certified Athletic Trainer in the United States is $81,067 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 $171,000.

Real Certified Athletic Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Certified Athletic Trainer Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Detroit, MI Jan 01, 2011 $50,273
Athletic Trainer, Certified II Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Detroit, MI Oct 01, 2010 $50,273
Certified Athletic Trainer Barbara MacFarlane DBA Lifesport Medicine and Well Santa Cruz, CA Jul 27, 2009 $50,000
Certified Athletic Trainer Barbara MacFarlane DBA Lifesport Medicine and Well Capitola, CA Jul 27, 2009 $50,000
Certified Athletic Trainer Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy Hawthorne, NY Oct 01, 2015 $44,300
Certified Athletic Trainer University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jun 16, 2011 $42,492
Certified Athletic Trainer Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy Hawthorne, NY Oct 01, 2012 $42,417
Certified Athletic Trainer SCOR Physical Therapy Inc. San Clemente, CA Jun 09, 2016 $42,000
Certified Athletic Trainer University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 01, 2009 $41,364
Certified Athletic Trainer University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jun 16, 2010 $41,364 -
$42,492
Certified Athletic Trainer Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Detroit, MI Jan 01, 2011 $39,603 -
$55,000
Athletic Trainer Certified/Exercise Science Dery Physical Therapy Services PC Lowell, MI Nov 02, 2009 $38,067 -
$52,175
Certified Athletic Trainer Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Niagara Falls, NY Dec 14, 2009 $36,835
Athletic Trainer Certified I Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Detroit, MI Jun 13, 2011 $36,810 -
$52,000
Athletici Trainer Certified I Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Detroit, MI Jun 13, 2011 $36,810 -
$42,397
Certified Athletic Trainer Souza & Valentine Physical Therapy, Inc. San Clemente, CA Sep 24, 2012 $36,050
Certified Athletic Trainer Premise Health Holding Corp. Buffalo, WV Jul 06, 2016 $35,550 -
$43,680
Certified Athletic Trainer University of Dallas Irving, TX May 14, 2014 $35,449
Certified Athletic Trainer University of Dallas Irving, TX May 15, 2011 $34,410

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Top Skills for A Certified Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic Injuries
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Physical Therapy
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  • Prevented, identified, & evaluated athletic injuries for over 60 student-athletes on university and intramural levels.
  • Maintain documentation of injuries, return to play decisions following injury, and provide practice and competition game coverage.
  • Assist the Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistants with rehabilitation exercises.
  • Worked with Physical Therapists in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients in a private orthopedic outpatient clinical setting.
  • Traveled to various local high schools to evaluate sports injuries, implemented rehabilitative programs, and made physician referrals as necessary.

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Top 10 Best States for Certified Athletic Trainers

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  2. Vermont
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Texas
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Hawaii
  8. Mississippi
  9. Michigan
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Certified Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.2%

Male

36.1%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

68.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.9%

German

8.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Braille

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Certified Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

19.6%

University of Alabama

5.9%

Western Michigan University

5.9%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Kent State University

4.6%

Western Illinois University

4.6%

Auburn University

4.1%

Kean University

4.1%

Illinois State University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

Ohio University -

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

University of Kentucky

3.7%

LIU Brooklyn

3.7%

Lindenwood University

3.7%

Saint Cloud State University

3.7%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.2%
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Majors

Athletic Training

41.9%

Kinesiology

18.5%

Physical Therapy

7.2%

Health Education

4.6%

Physician Assistant

4.5%

Medicine

4.1%

Education

3.0%

Nursing

2.6%

Business

2.5%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Health And Wellness

1.3%

Exercise Physiology

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.1%

Rehabilitation Science

0.9%

Educational Leadership

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Health Sciences And Services

0.8%

Music

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

48.5%

Bachelors

32.1%

Other

8.1%

Doctorate

5.2%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

2.2%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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