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#4 Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers, as one of the first health care providers on the scene when injuries occur, must be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers or personal trainers, who are not health care workers, but rather train people to become physically fit.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 6,000

    Projected Growth: 37+%

    Median Wage: $39,640

Schedules vary by work setting. Athletic trainers in nonsports settings generally have an established schedule—usually about 40 to 50 hours per week—with nights and weekends off. In sports settings, they have schedules that are longer and more variable. These athletic trainers must be present for team practices and competitions, which often are on evenings and weekends, and their schedules can change on short notice when games and practices have to be rescheduled.

In 2009, 47 States required athletic trainers to be licensed or registered. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for almost all jobs as an athletic trainer, and almost 70 percent of athletic trainers have a master’s degree or higher.

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Treat the Pros as an Athletic Trainer
Career Guide: Athletic Trainer
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