University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Careers in Athletic Training

athletic training students in lab

Who Employs Athletic Training Majors?

  • Professional and collegiate sports teams
  • Hospitals, schools, and corporations
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
  • Recreational sports centers
  • Performance arts organizations
  • The Military
  • Public safety departments

Careers in Athletic Training

What does an athletic trainer do?

Athletic trainers work closely with physicians and other health care professionals in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes and others engaged in physical activity. Athletic trainers are often the first professionals on the scene when an injury occurs, and need strong assessment and evaluation skills.

Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Professional and collegiate sports teams
  • Hospitals, schools, and corporations
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics and recreational sports centers
  • Performance arts organizations, the Military, and public safety departments

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic trainers held about 18,200 jobs in 2010. Of those professionals:

  • 27% worked in colleges, universities and professional schools
  • 11% worked in fitness and recreational sports centers
  • 9% worked in elementary and secondary schools
  • 4% worked in spectator sports

What is the expected job growth for the profession?

Advances in injury prevention, detection, and treatment are expected to increase the demand for employment of athletic trainers by 30% from 2010-2020, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For More Information

American Medical Association: Careers in Health Care

Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Athletic Trainers' Association

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