Athletic Trainers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+17.5% (much faster than the average)


What Athletic Trainers Do

Evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. Provide preventive, therapeutic, emergency, and rehabilitative care.

Other Job Titles Athletic Trainers May Have

Athletic Instructor, Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Personal Trainer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Head Athletic Trainer ,

Los Angeles Lakers

I'm responsible for the care, prevention and treatment of injuries to Lakers players, assuring the coaching staff that each athlete is in the best possible condition throughout the year. I conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness in order to provide emergency or continued care and collaborate with physicians to implement rehab programs. I also develop training programs to keep the athletes in the best shape possible. Traveling is frequent.

Athletic Trainer ,

All-American Fitness

I wake up at 4:30 A.M. and eat breakfast. I then drive to work and do a quick lift. My first clients come at 6 A.M. and then I go to work at the high school at from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. I then have more classes from 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. I eat dinner at 8 P.M. I repeat this schedule each day.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.

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