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What can I do with a major in Athletic Training?

According to the NATA (National Athletic Trainers' Association) a Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. With education grounded in the sciences, an athletic trainer is concerned with the prevention, care and evaluation of athletic injuries. Skills are also developed in rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries and health care administration.

At the forefront of an athletic trainers activity is the welfare of the athlete. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic health care settings.


• Consider a specialty school after graduation
• Make plans for graduate school
• Build a strong background in the sciences
• Work in health club, physical therapy clinic, or gym
• Volunteer to work with sports teams in your local school districts
• Consider getting a summer job working for a sports nutrition manufacturer
• Enhance communication skills
• Prepare to take the National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA)-BOC Exam

Career Titles
Aerobics Instructor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Athletic Director
Athletic Trainer
Business Analyst and Development Manager
Children's Fitness Instructor/Teacher
Chiropractic Physician
Clinical Education Coordinator
Clinical Instructor
Club Sports Coordinator/Trainer
College/University Athletic Training Instructor
Early Intervention Specialist
Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Specialist
Fitness Consultant
Fitness Instructor/Teacher
Fitness Specialist
Health Coach
Health Services Assistant/Associate
High School Athletic Trainer
Massage Therapist

Medical Equipment Coordinator/Sales Representative
Nurse Practioner
Orthotic Fitter
Outreach Athletic Trainer
Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist
Physical Trainer
Physician Assistant
Physician Extender
Recreational Therapist
Resident Athletic Trainer
Sports Athletic Trainer
Sports Club & Resort Management
Sports Dietician
Sports Management Athletic Trainer
Sports Medicine Trainer
Sports Physical Therapist
Sports Trainer
Strength & Conditioning Specialist/Coordinator/Coach
Team Physician

Professional Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine
401 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN  46202-3233

National Academy of Sports Medicine

26632 Agoura Road
Calabsas, CA  91302

NATA (National Athletic Trainers' Association)
2952 Stemmans Freeway #200
Dallas, TX  75247

National Strength and Conditioning Association
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80906

NSCA Certification Commission
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80906

Web sites

Career Sites~

Athletic Trainer: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) Job outlook, working conditions and related occupations
Human Kinetics: Careers in athletic training and related career fields;
National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification
Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society: Jobs, find current baseball athletic trainers
Sports Medicine Jobs: Jobs, advice on managing a career in sports medicine
Sports Medicine on the Web: Careers and career planning info for athletic trainers
Woman Sports Foundation

General Information Sites~

Affirmative Fitness LLC: Nutrition, wellness and goals
Athletic training jobs
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Sports Diversity Recruiting
SWAT: strength, wellness, athletic training: Corporate training
United States Olympic Committee

Contact Information


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Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Reading, PA  19607
Phone: 610-790-2878

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Evening hours by appointment.

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