What Can You Do with an Athletic Training Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an Athletic Training degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an Athletic Training degree?

Those who major in athletic training usually go on to be athletic trainers! (But of course, it’s not that simple.) Be aware that, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, about 70% of athletic trainers have a graduate degree. This suggests that, as you are applying for athletic training positions, you may be putting your undergraduate degree in Athletic Training up against master’s degrees.

Also, most states require athletic trainers to be licensed, which means that you would have to pass a certification exam in addition to earning a degree from an accredited athletic training program.

Many athletic trainers find work in high schools, though this is not as easy as it may seem. Many high schools require athletic trainers to also teach, which usually means that these trainers need to have teaching certification. Also, many small high schools do not even employ athletic trainers.

Many athletic trainers also go to work for colleges. Larger colleges may have one or more athletic trainers per team. Smaller colleges often have a single athletic trainer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39% of employed athletic trainers work in schools (colleges and high schools), 38% in healthcare, 13% in fitness centers, and only about 5% in professional sports.

Also according to the BLS, employment for athletic trainers is projected to grow over the next several years, but the applicant pool is large, and the turnover rate is low, so competition will be rigid in most instances.

Careers you can get with a degree in Athletic Training include:

  • Clinical Athletic Trainer
  • Collegiate Athletic Trainer
  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Performing Arts Athletic Trainer
  • Professional Sports Athletic Trainer
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