Athletic Trainers

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Sports Trainer
  • Sports Medicine Trainer
  • Sports Medicine Coordinator
  • Sports Athletic Trainer
  • Resident Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Trainer
  • Head Athletic Trainer/Strength Coach
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Specialist
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What They Do

  • Perform team support duties, such as running errands, maintaining equipment, or stocking supplies.
  • Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.
  • Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games or practices.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.
  • Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
  • 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.
  • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
  • Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
  • Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Preparation Required

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).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $51,550 with most people making between $23,360 and $76,610

Outlook

2.50%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,600 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 40 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.