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Athletic Training

276 Associates's Degrees Annually
3,597 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#94 in Popularity (Associate's)
$49,280 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Athletic Training Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many athletic training graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,831
Basic Certificate 143
Associate Degree 140
Undergraduate Certificate 16

What Athletic Training Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to athletic trainer were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Athletic Trainer Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Athletic Trainer Majors

A major in athletic trainer prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Athletic Trainer Majors

Athletic Trainer majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Athletic Training?

140 Associate's Degrees Annually
49% Percent Women
59% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 49% of the graduates are women, and 51% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of athletic trainer majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 47
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 49
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

How Much Do Athletic Training Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Athletic Trainer majors often go into careers with median salaries of $49,280. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with athletic trainer may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for athletic trainer careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 23.9%
Master’s Degree 70.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 3.7%

Online Athletic Training Programs

In 2019-2020, 453 schools offered a athletic trainer program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 34 3
Bachelor’s Degree 3 2
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 172 4
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 4 3
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Athletic Training Worth It?

The median salary for a athletic trainer grad is $49,280 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 24% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $187,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to athletic trainer.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 25,604
Physician Assistant 10,746
Radiologic Technology 9,366
Surgical Technology 7,150
Respiratory Care Therapy 7,025
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,400
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapy 5,275
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,975
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,435
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 689
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 598
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology 506
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 361
Polysomnography 243
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 123
Mammography Technician/Technology 74
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 47
Cardiopulmonary Technology 45
Hearing Instrument Specialist 25
Gene/Genetic Therapy 13
Orthopedic Technology 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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