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What Can You Do With A Major In Athletic Training? 

Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers often are one of the first heath care providers on the scene when injuries occur, and therefore they must be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. They also are heavily involved in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries. The athletic trainer works in conjunction with medical personnel, athletic administrators, coaches, and parents in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers or personal trainers, who are not health care workers.

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Brooks College of Health  
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Job Outlook For Athletic Trainers   

Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 24 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth will be concentrated in the health care industry, including hospitals and offices of health practitioners. Fitness and recreation sports centers also will provide many new jobs, as these establishments become more common and continue to need athletic trainers to care for their clients. Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary athletic trainers were $36,560 in May 2006 

Some Related Career Titles 

The American Medical Association recognizes athletic trainers as allied health professionals. They work under the direction of physicians and provide immediate and ongoing care for injuries. Also, they provide education and advice on the prevention of injuries and work closely with injured patients to rehabilitate and recondition injuries, often through therapy. Following a bachelors degree in athletic training some athletic trainers continue their education in a field with similar responsibilities (see related career paths below).


Entry Level Jobs 


Exercise Physiologist 

Conditioning Coach 

Massage Therapist 

Fitness Consultant 

Emergency Room Tech 


Facility Coordinator 

Athletic Therapist 

Recreation Therapist 


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Spa Manager 

College/University Level Athletic Trainer 

College/University Level Physician Assistant 

Health Facilities Surveyor 


General Career Directions  

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Massage Therapist
  • Fitness Consultant/Personal Trainer
  • Emergency medical technician and paramedic
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurses
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Podiatrist

Typical Employers/Work Settings 

  • University/College
  • Secondary School
  • Healthcare Clinic
  • Industrial/Commercial
  • Professional Sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Military/Law Enforcement

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Beginning Salary Ranges Typical Salaries

Entry Level (0-1 year of experience) with a Bachelor’s Degree: $38,825.   Average annual salary (based on 8717 responses: $54,832.
(From the October 2016 NATA Salary Survey (National Athletic Trainers Association)

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Skills Needed For This Career

Problem Solving   Analyzing Injuries
Taping, bandaging, and stretching athletes   Motor skills
Communication (inform proper nutrition and diet)   Monitor rehabilitative programs
Basic First-aid and CPR skills/certification   Proficient knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and biology
Work well under stress   Working with people
Working with people   Demonstrating physical stretches and rehabilitative movements
Operating modality machines and other training equipment   Deductive reasoning skills
Referring athletes to appropriate physicians when needed   Maintain poise in emergency situations
Recording, organizing, and storing information on injuries and rehab   Implement exercise and rehabilitation programs for athletes
Good judgment and decision-making    

Links to Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida 
College Athletic Trainers' Society 
National Athletic Trainer's Association 
Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association

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Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Holland Interest Codes

Athletic Training-Social, Realistic, Investigative  (SRI)