Careers in the Licensed Professions

Athletic Trainer

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At athletic events, athletic trainers provide emergency care and first aid to people who have sustained an athletic injury. These professionals, who work under the supervision of a licensed physician, evaluate athletic injuries and make referrals to appropriate medical professionals. In addition, athletic trainers offer these services:

  • instruction in the care and prevention of athletic injuries
  • analysis of factors that may lead to injuries
  • pre-participation screening of athletes
  • application of protective taping and devices


Bachelor’s degree or higher in a Department-registered athletic training licensure program or a program accredited by an agency recognized by the Department


Obtain a satisfactory score on an acceptable athletic training examination. Example: the certification examination of the NATA Board of Certification, Inc

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Athletic trainer

Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $47,510 in the U.S., $48,150 in NY
  • Salary range: $34,630-$58,930
  • Projected growth: employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026.

Where Could I Work?

  • Secondary schools, colleges, and universities
  • Professional athletic organizations
  • Health care organizations

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Preparation in the biological and exercise sciences
  • Experience in sports or physical education
  • Observation and analysis
  • Hands-on experiences

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Communication
  • Professionalism and ethics

What Interests You?

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020