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Are there any negatives to your job?

I’m a senior at Brennan HS and I’m looking to follow a career path in Sports Medicine and Sports Rehabilitation. #athletictrainer #physicaltherapy

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Betsy’s Answer

Hi Addison, that's a great question The answer is that there are so-called "negatives" for all jobs. Even your dream job is unlikely to be perfect 24/7/365. I've been fortunate enough to work in an industry I love and I've gotten to do some amazing things, but "negatives" look different for all of us. It may mean getting up really early to get to a 7 a.m. breakfast meeting, working late to finish a project, managing budgets, working with people you may not like, working on tedious projects, etc. In any event, hopefully there are other wonderful things about your job that you will love, so they'll outweigh the things you think of as negatives.
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Giavanna’s Answer

Athletic Trainer Negatives:
Pay is not always great (always negotiate salary, EVEN IF IT'S YOUR FIRST JOB)
Hours can be long and irregular/ you usually work weekends
Pressure from coaches and parents who don't understand proper protocols for certain injuries (ie. concussion, heat illness)
Travel with teams gives little time for personal life (college/professional teams)

However, this can all be managed based on the jobs you choose! You don't have to work for a school or sports team. You can work in a doctor's office or rehab clinic with more regular hours. You can make extra money working per diem (I make between $35-$60/hr working per diem in NJ). Per diem jobs always pay better than salaried jobs, but, the hours aren't consistent, you're not getting benefits, and you have to take your own taxes out.
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