Athletic Trainer

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Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. They work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. They work under the direction of a physician, as well as other healthcare providers.

Athletic trainers typically do the following:

  • Apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces
  • Recognize and evaluate injuries
  • Provide first aid or emergency care
  • Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
  • Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness from athletics
  • Do administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers. They often discuss specific injuries and treatment options or evaluate and treat patients as directed by a physician. Some athletic trainers meet with a team physician or consulting physician regularly. An athletic trainer’s administrative responsibilities may include regular meetings with an athletic director or other administrative officer to deal with budgets, purchasing, policy implementation, and other business-related issues.

Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers and instructors, including personal trainers.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
106
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
133
Jobs Percentage Change: 
25.5%
Total Annual Openings: 
6
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$21.46
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$31.90
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$37.12
Salary Range: 
$60,000 - $80,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
Yes
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified, you must pass the certification examination. A Bachelor's degree is required to take the exam.
License Required: 
Yes
License Requirements: 
To be licensed, you must be certified by the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOCATC).
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
School or Institution
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction