Athletic Training Career


An athletic training career deals with treating and rehabilitating injured athletes.  It involves providing immediate care and determining when injured athletes are well enough to return to practice and competition.

Athletic trainers work closely with patients, providing an effective therapy for their full recovery.  They are an important communication link between the athlete, supervising physician, and coach.  You need to have interest in medical health and a love for sports.

How to become an athletic trainer

Almost all athletic trainer positions require you to have a bachelor’s degree in colleges and universities offering accredited programs.  You will usually work with teams to learn communication skills you need since you will be working with coaches, physicians, athletic directors, and athletes.  You may take a master’s or doctoral degree which is required by some employers.  You need to become licensed or registered by passing an examination.

Athletic trainer types, Description, Information

You may become an athletic trainer in high schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, work for professional athletic teams, or work in industrial or corporate settings.  Generally, the basic work is treating injured athletes during practice or competition and helping prevent other injuries.  You may also teach or work at sports medicine clinics.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

You will study health-related courses such as pathology, biomechanics, nutrition, and physiology and may undergo clinical education experience.  Some schools offer long distance study programs to suit your schedule.

To help finance your college degree, you may avail scholarships from the NATA Foundation which awards scholarships annually worth $2,300.  Some schools also offer scholarships through the school’s state or district.

Certification is required in 46 states.  To remain certified, you have to continue taking medicine-related courses and periodic testing.

Schools, Colleges, Universities offering Teaching Degrees

Most schools require you to be at least a high school graduate or completed GED.  Some online study programs have minimum age requirements for eligibility.  You can find schools with accredited programs through the Commission on Accreditations of Athletic Training Education website.

Athletic Training Top Colleges and Universities

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia

University of Texas

Ithaca College

California State University

Athletic Training Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

The athletic training career is one of the fastest growing lucrative professions.  The Department of Labor states that the mean salary for athletic trainers is $40,720 with the top 10% making about $60,000 a year.  Starting salaries may range between $22,000 and $35,000 annually.

Athletic trainers typically enjoy outstanding benefits such as a paid vacation, health insurance, and pension plan.

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