Athletic Trainers
SOC: 29-9091.00


Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,400 employed

Projected (2024):
30,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Athletic Instructor
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • Head Athletic Trainer/Strength Coach
  • Physical Trainer
  • Resident Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Medicine Coordinator
  • Sports Medicine Trainer
  • Sports Trainer

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
  • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
  • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
  • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
  • Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
  • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
  • Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.
  • Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
  • Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
  • Conduct research or provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
  • Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.
  • Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
  • Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.
  • Perform team support duties, such as running errands, maintaining equipment, or stocking supplies.
  • Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games or practices.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
  • File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.
  • Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air splints
  • Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Biofeedback equipment
  • Body-fat calipers
  • Cervical traction units
  • Cold therapy equipment
  • Crutches
  • Desktop computers
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Emergency response stretchers
  • Exercise bands
  • Exercise bicycles
  • Exercise treadmills
  • Exercise tubing
  • Face shields
  • Fixed splints
  • Free weights
  • Goniometers
  • Heat therapy equipment
  • Hydrocollator heating units
  • Knee immobilizers
  • Laptop computers
  • Lower extremity braces
  • Lumbar traction units
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical scales
  • Mouth guards
  • Muscle strength dynamometers
  • Neck braces
  • One-way valve pocket masks
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Parallel bars
  • Personal computers
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Rowing machines
  • Sling psychrometers
  • Spinal immobilization equipment
  • Sports helmets
  • Stair climbing machines
  • Swiss exercise balls
  • Therapeutic paraffin baths
  • Therapeutic ultrasound equipment
  • Tilt tables
  • Traction splints
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Upper extremity braces
  • Vacuum splints
  • Walking canes
  • Weight machines
  • Whirlpool therapy baths
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Pro
  • Database software
  • Digital Coach AthleticTrainer
  • Email software
  • ImPACT
  • Injury tracking software
  • Keffer Development Services Athletic Trainer System ATS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Premier Software Simtrak Mobility
  • Scheduling software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800