"The best part of my job is helping athletes recover from an injury that they never thought they would. The reward of helping others makes up for the long hours."

Role Model Photo Amanda Rigney

Health Field: Athletic Trainer

Number of years in the profession:
0 year

Years in College: 5 years

Professional Credentials:
NATA BOC certified athletic trainer

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I wanted to be in the health field but did not want to be a doctor. Athletic training is very close to being a doctor without the education and commitment.

What other careers did you consider?
Optometry

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
I had a boyfriend in high school who dealt with many athletic injuries and I became very interested in sports medicine through his injuries.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I was involved in many extracurricular activities but none pertained to sports medicine.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
I had more problems with finances than anything else. While being an athletic training student in college you have no time for a job and if your parents make too much money to receive financial aid but cannot afford to help you with college finances become a huge part of your life.

How did you overcome these challenges?
I had to take out many student loans.

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

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? No


Present Career as a Athletic Trainer


Describe an average work day for you.
I work at a high school. I have an average of a ten hour work day. I have middle school athletic period first hour. Then high school boys and girls athletic periods before and after lunch. I have time to do paperwork before school is out and there is practice after school.

How many hours do you work in an average week?
50-60

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
High school and middle school

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
You must be willing to help others before yourself. You need time management skills.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping athletes recover from an injury that they thought they never would.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
To be prepared for long hours, but the reward of helping others overcomes the loss of sleep.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes I would. I love what I am doing.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I am planning on getting my Texas teacher certification and maybe my strength and conditioning certification.

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