Athletic Trainer

Helping people and trying to make the world a better place

What do I do?

  • Administer medications or treatments
  • analyze patients
  • use emergency medical procedures
  • Use massage therapy procedures


What kind of education, training, and licensing do I need?

  • Bachelors degree (Most Common)
  • Some people prepare for the job with on the hob training with another trainer, but it is not required
  • Graduate of an approved program in athletic training
  • Current certification by the Board of Certification
  • A license is required

Day-to-Day work activities?

  • You may have to attend sports games
  • You may work in a hospital or school
  • Help people immediately when injured
  • You may help kids recover from injuries


Working Conditions

  • Face to face discussions
  • Freedom to make decisions without supervision
  • Close physical proximity with other people
  • Working with group or team
  • Freedom to determine task, priorities, and goals


Earnings

  • On average most people in Minnesota make $42,087 per year
  • On average most people in the U.S. make $42,664 per year


Current Employment and Outlook

Current

MN-238 people are currently hired in this occupation

US-18,200 people are currently hired in this occupation

  • This career is currently in low demand, but the demand for them in the future is rapidly growing.

Advantages/Disadvantages

Advantages-Some advantages would be I get to attend sports games, I get to help people, I would get to constantly meet new people, and I would get to work in many different places.

Disadvantages-Some disadvantages would be that you would have to be on your feet a lot, you may have to deal with some unpleasant injuries, you would maybe have to deal with some mad people.

Sources for more information

For more information on Athletic Trainers you can visit the websites provided below.
http://www.iseek.org/careers/careerDetail?oc=299091
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Athletic-trainers.htm#tab-1