Athletic trainers can be found anywhere there are active people. Traditionally athletic trainers are thought to work in professional sports, colleges and high schools, but as the profession grows so do the potential work settings available to certified athletic trainers. Those settings can include the performing arts, military, physician extender or public safety (police and fire fighters). The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has taken the time to compile a variety of resources including video interviews to help individuals interested in the profession of athletic training understand what it takes to work in many of these job settings.
The job settings addressed:
- Professional Sports
- Colleges and Universities
- Secondary Schools
- Hospitals & Clinical
- Performing Arts
- Physician Extender
- Public Safety
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the athletic training profession is expected to grow faster than average over the next several years. More specifically, the job growth in the profession is expected to increase 37% by 2018.
For more information visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics site.
The average salary for an athletic trainer can vary greatly depending on employment setting, education, experience and geographic location among others. The most recent salary survey results from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) published in 2008 states that the national average annual salary is $44,235, while working an average of 47 hours per week. For those working in District II (DE, NY, NJ, and PA) the annual average salary is $46,499.