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Athletic Training

Athletic Trainer

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

Click on the image below to view a video on Athletic Training.

Athletic trainer Video
Salary and Projected Growth

Median salary: $63,385

Salary range: $47,303-$77,940

Projected growth: much faster than average

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



Professionalism and ethics

Education Requirements

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

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.

Adult learning for student university study in class, hand note lecture in notebook for exam

Obtain a satisfactory score on an acceptable athletic training examination. Example: the certification examination of the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC).

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an athletic trainer about what they do and how they got started!