Sports Trainers

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. There are approximately 22,340 athletic trainers employed in the United States.


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

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