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Athletic Trainer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 464 Athletic Trainer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10211 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 2012:

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 $47,934.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,052.

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 $42,246.

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 Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree40%
Master's Degree31%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other27%

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 years70%
3 to 5 years27%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years1%

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 Skills (32%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (18%)
  • Physical Abilities (13%)
  • Organizational Skills (12%)
  • Writing (10%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Rehabilitation (52%)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (45%)
  • Injury Prevention (22%)
  • Patient Care (20%)
  • Sports Injuries (19%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Scheduling (18%)
  • Treatment Planning (17%)
  • Life Support (14%)
  • Budgeting (10%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Concussion Diagnosis / Treatment (6%)
  • Injury Treatment (5%)
  • Therapeutic Exercise (4%)
  • Rehabilitation Services (4%)
  • Sports Performance Techniques (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer Certified Atc
  • Head Athletic Trainer

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

  • Select Medical (610)
  • Ati Physical Therapy (194)
  • Athletico (139)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (136)
  • Pivot Onsite Innovations (68)

North Carolina

  • Select Medical (24)
  • Novant Health (23)
  • Atrium Health (21)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (13)
  • Wake County Schools (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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