"The most rewarding part of my job is having the opportunity to learn every day as I face new challenges from injuries, treatments, and communication with parents, coaches, administrators, and athletes."

Role Model Photo John Holtz

Health Field: Athletic Trainer

Number of years in the profession:
12 year

Years in College: 10 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
Initially I did not choose this career. I have a great passion for competition and I enjoy a field that requires constant learning. This was the field that best combined these objectives. I am a people person and I take pride in molding young people every opportunity possible.

What other careers did you consider?
Cardiac rehab, business, sales, coaching.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
Participated in sports my entire life. My family owned and operated its own business for many years and I enjoyed meeting and greeting people.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I spent some time shadowing, but mostly enjoyed being around athletics. My experiences in grad school at Tyler Junior College fed my desire to be around competitive sports. Roy Thomas the former head basketball coach at TJC gave me a chance to be part of some special teams and players during my stay there. This moved me to think about my role in the future of competitive team sports.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
The most difficult thing about getting into this career was choosing it so late in my life. I went back to work for my athletic training license at 32 years of age. I already had a masters degree, family, and was financially challenged. However, I believe this is what inspired me to work harder than ever to succeed.

How did you overcome these challenges?
I had incredible support from my parents, friends and immediate family. Encouragement from my mentors and the enjoyment of working around athletics help me through these challenges.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Yes

Present Career as a Athletic Trainer

Describe an average work day for you.
Begin morning treatments/rehab around 7 am. I have 4 athletic periods that I cover on a daily basis. I teach a sports medicine class daily. Practice coverage begins at 2:30 in the afternoon and usually ends by 6 or 7 pm. I cover events 2 or 3 times a week. I participate in a Sat. morning clinic during football season with the local orthopedic doctor and treat both Sat. and Sunday as needed for our athletes.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Provide sports medicine coverage for high school and limited junior high events for school district. Work closely with local orthopedic doctors to provide sound and effective treatments for athletes.

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Be confident in yourself, a self starter, motivated, a team player, a multi tasker, assertive, educator, budgeting, communication skills, and be flexible.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Having the daily opportunity to mold students into our future. Watching them grow, mature and be successful in many areas. Having high expectations for my students and watching as they meet and many times exceed those expectations. Having the opportunity to learn everyday as you face new challenges from injuries, treatments, and communication with parents, coaches, administrators, athletes.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Start preparing as early as possible. Shadow and gain personal experiences in the career of choice all during the year as situations change throughout the year. Look at all the options provided within a specific career choice. If you only have one choice, what happens if you begin that career and do not like it. Plan ahead for your future by talking to many professionals about the pros and cons of their careers. If you do not like your job, then why are you doing it? I LOVE MY JOB!!!!

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, but I would have done a better job of researching the career and looking for other areas to provide myself with more flexiblity.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
May pursue additional education in administration.

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