Careers in Athletic Training
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Athletic Training
What is Athletic Training?

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industrial sites, professional sports programs, and other athletic health care settings. Many students attain a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training prior to pursuing advanced degrees in the fields of Medicine or Allied Health Professions such as Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant.

Job Demand:

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for health care workers will continue to be strong over the next eight years. The athletic training profession is at the front end of this market curve with predicted job availability increases of 12% by 2005 and 31% by 2010.


The average starting salary for Athletic Trainers varies widely based on practice setting and geographic location. Typical entry-level salaries range from $26,000 to $45,000. Approximately 70% of all Athletic Trainers pursue an advanced degree in Athletic Training or a related field. Salaries for Athletic Trainers with advanced degrees typically range from $30,000 to $80,000.

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