Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.Work Environment
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 need at least a bachelor’s degree. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to have a license or certification; requirements vary by state.Pay
The median annual wage for athletic trainers was $49,860 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 3,100 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.State & Area Data
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