Allied Health
Athletic Trainer

Overview Preparation Resources blank graphic
Career photo
Salary: $26,385 - $55,616
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Hourly: $12.69 - $26.74
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Outlook: 4 Stars
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Length of Training: 4-6 years
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Professionals in the field
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Career Explorer
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line
Roadmap
small linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall linesmall line

Athletic Trainers are "healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities" according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (www.nata.org). It is important to point out that athletic trainers are NOT personal trainers. Athletic Trainers must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and pass a state and/or nationally administered credentialing exam in order to practice in most states. Today athletic trainers work with more than just athletes. You can find athletic trainers in a variety of practice settings working with anyone who is physically active.

Areas of Specialization
Athletic trainers may work with all ages, populations, and stages in life and with just about anyone who is physically active.


Work Environment

Athletic trainers may work in just about every setting imaginable depending on state practice acts. Currently, career opportunities are available in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals, clinics, physician offices and sports medicine clinics, military and law enforcement, industrial and commercial, and the performing arts.