Sports Trainers

Trainer Examines Athlete's Hand

Sports trainers, also referred to as athletic trainers, certified sports medicine trainers, and certified sports medicine therapists, help amateur and professional athletes prevent injuries, give first aid when an injury occurs during a practice or event, and manage the rehabilitation programs and routines of injured athletes.

Athletic trainers often consult with physicians during all stages of athletic training to ensure that athletes under their care are physically capable of participating in competition. According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 23,450 athletic trainers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Athletic Trainers, Certified Sports Medicine Therapists, Certified Sports Medicine Trainers
Duties Help athletes prevent injuries; provide first aid when injuries occur; supervise rehabilitation programs of injured athletes
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Sports Medicine
  • Sports Trainer
  • Assistant Sports Trainer