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