Major Monday: Athletic Training

A new feature we are starting is Major Monday.  Every Monday, we will highlight a specific major/career with some general information and resources.  If there is one that you would like us to feature, please let us know!

Featured Major: Athletic Training

Do you like sports?  Are you athletic?  Do you enjoy helping people?  Are you interested in the medical field?  If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, athletic training may be the career for you!

General Description: Athletic trainers are individuals who prevent and treat sports related injuries for athletes and sports teams.

Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from a college/university that has an accredited athletic training program and pass an exam to become board certified.  About 70% go on to get a Master’s degree.

Job Placement: In addition to school athletic programs, athletic trainers can find jobs in physicians offices, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and in occupational settings.

A day in the Life:

This story is about my sister -in-law Janielle.  Although she is a full-time nurse, she was first an athletic trainer and still continues to work as one when she is needed.  Working at a Methuen High School hockey game in January, her quick actions saved a life.  Watching a particular player, she knew something wasn’t right and ran to him in the rink.  A blade cut his wrist, severing an artery and tendons.  Doctors reported that if another two minutes had passed, he may not have lived.  You can read the full story here. In the article Janielle gives a great quote about athletic training, which is “I can’t give it up. It’s one of my passions.  I love being on the sideline, and the energy the kids have is awesome.”

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5 thoughts on “Major Monday: Athletic Training

  1. The career descriptions are a wonderful way to help the kids decide what field to go into. Any chance to add salary ranges for a few jobs and also the government labor growth projections in the field? How about naming a few colleges in New England where they can start looking at programs. Just a though. Thank you.

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