|Quick Facts: Athletic Trainers|
|$48,420 per year|
|17% (Much faster than average)|
What Athletic Trainers Do
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.
Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, fitness centers, or physicians’ offices, or for professional sports teams.
How to Become an Athletic Trainer
Athletic trainers typically need at least a bachelor's degree, and master’s degrees are common. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to have a license or certification; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for athletic trainers was $48,420 in May 2021.
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 2,500 openings for athletic trainers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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