Athletic Trainer andrea cisneros-proehl

Nature of Work

  • Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

  • Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to have a license or certification; requirements vary by state


  • Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur.

Job Outlook

  • Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.

Projections Data

  • Projected Employment, 2024
  • Change, 2014-24
  • Employment by Industry
  • Percent
  • Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

  • Athletic trainers
  • 29-9091
  • 25,400
  • 30,800
  • 21
  • projected 21%


Athletic Trainers

2015 Median Pay

$44,670 per year

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