WHAT DO ATHLETIC TRAINERS DO?
Athletic trainers are where sports and medicine meet. Reporting to a licensed physician and working in concert with other medical staff, athletic trainers work with people to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and illness. Athletic trainers work with a wide range of patients, from children to professional athletes to soldiers.
Athletic trainers do jobs like tape or brace people to prevent injuries before a game, evaluate injuries, give emergency care or first aid, create rehabilitation plans and go through them with injured athletes, and record patient injury, healing and recovery.
HOW MUCH DO ATHLETIC TRAINERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Athletic trainers earned a median income of $41,600 annually in 2010.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
You will need a bachelor's degree in athletic training at least, and master's degrees are common in the field. Most states require licensure or certification.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Applied Knowledge: Athletic trainers must know a lot about a huge range of medical problems. Diagnosing, evaluating symptoms and working with other healthcare professionals will be needed.
- Decision-Making Skills: Quick thinking by athletic trainers may be the difference between an small injury and a career-ending injury.
- Attention to Detail: Athletic trainers should take notes on how people are recovering, and how to best keep them healing.
- Interpersonal Skills: Athletic trainers work with people in stressful situations. Keeping a clear head and a calm demeanor when talking to people in pain, other medical professionals, coaches and families will be an asset.
CAREER PATHS FOR ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Head Athletic Trainer
THE FUTURE OF ATHLETIC TRAINERS
According to the BLS, athletic trainer jobs will grow rapidly between 2010 and 2020. But since it is a small job, there are still not many jobs available. As people become more aware of sports related injuries, especially at the kid-athlete level, jobs will continue to grow.