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Athletic Trainers

Also called: Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletic Instructor

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Digital Coach AthleticTrainer
  • Injury tracking software
Medical software
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Pro
  • ImPACT
Spreadsheet software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$42,790
per year, on average
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