Athletic Trainer

What They Do

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

How to Become One

Athletic trainers and exercise physiologists need at least a bachelor’s degree. In most states, athletic trainers need a license or certification; requirements vary by state.


In May 2012, the median annual wage for athletic trainers was $42,090.

Job Outlook & Work Environment

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges or universities. Others work in physicians' offices or for professional sports teams.

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Exercise Physiologists