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2. Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers help to prevent and treat injuries for everyone from Olympic athletes to industrial workers. Athletic trainers are often the first ones one the scene when an athlete is injured. They must be able to assess the situation and provide immediate care. Many athletic trainers are also involved in rehabilitation and reconditioning.

Athletic trainers work in many different environments – they are on the playing field, in the hospital, and at the gym. Athletic trainers must be able to have frequent interaction with a variety of people, from clients to physicians. They may work 60 hours weeks, or teach just a few hours a day.

Athletic training typically calls for at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Most athletic trainers have a master’s degree with broad knowledge of health and medicine. Almost every state requires athletic trainers to be licensed or registered through the Board of Certification.

Employment is expected to grow faster than the average career, roughly 24% by 2016. Most of the new jobs will be in hospitals and health practitioner offices, as well as fitness centers. There is also a greater emphasis on sports medicine, leading to greater acceptance of athletic trainers as healthcare professionals.

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