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Athletic Trainer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Athletic Trainer treats injuries and provides training to minimize the risk of injury for athletes and people playing sports. Responds when an athlete is injured on the field. Works for schools or colleges, for professional sports teams, or in physicians' offices.

Job Outlook

There were 708 Athletic Trainer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18224 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Athletic Trainer industry, which includes the Athletic Trainer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Athletic Trainer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $45,788.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,598.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Athletic Trainer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $41,155.

Education and Experience

Posted Athletic Trainer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree64.39%
Master's Degree39.8%
Doctoral Degree1.77%
Other5.56%

Posted Athletic Trainer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years72.99%
3 to 5 years24.94%
6 to 8 years1.48%
9+ years0.59%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Athletic Trainer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (40.47%)
  • Management (21.92%)
  • First Aid (18.15%)
  • Coaching (14.49%)
  • Operations (13.94%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (12.42%)
  • Coordinating (11.23%)
  • Scheduling (9.79%)
  • Leadership (9.65%)
  • Customer Service (9.32%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Athletic Training (88.95%)
  • Injury Prevention (25.48%)
  • Sports Injuries (22.9%)
  • Sports Medicine (42.15%)
  • Rehabilitation (55.55%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Orthopedics (18.49%)
  • Treatment Planning (13.56%)
  • Physical Therapy (16.63%)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (12.36%)
  • Medical Records (15.53%)
  • Emergency Medicine (14.66%)
  • Kinesiology (6.56%)
  • Strength Training And Conditioning (8.53%)
  • Triage (8.87%)
  • Human Musculoskeletal System (8.36%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Athletic Trainer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • Outreach Athletic Trainer
  • On-Site Industrial Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Athletic Trainer
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Critical Care Transport Registered Nurse

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Athletic Trainer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ati Physical Therapy (749)
  • Corewell Health (268)
  • Jag Physical Therapy (214)
  • Select Medical (208)
  • Fit For Work. (195)
  • Athletico Physical Therapy (164)
  • Mercy Health (162)
  • Carle (150)
  • Acuity Specialty Hospital (149)
  • Avera Health (145)

North Carolina

  • Atrium Health (45)
  • Duke University (40)
  • Novant Health (34)
  • Atrium Health Floyd (26)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (22)
  • Concentra (17)
  • University of North Carolina (15)
  • UNC Health (13)
  • PT Solutions Physical Therapy (13)
  • The Judge Group (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!