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Career Overview

Entry Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Patient Interaction

Very High

Body Fluid Interaction




Job Growth


Job Description:

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.

What Athletic Trainer Do:

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers typically do the following:
- Apply protective or injury-preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces
- Recognize and evaluate injuries
- Provide first aid or emergency care
- Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
- Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
- Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

How to Become One:

This career requires at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training with a master's degree being most common. West Virginia requires registration with the WV Board of Physical Therapy where applicants must show certification from the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.


Marshall University

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Concord University