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Are too many or too few people entering this field??

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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Michaela’s Answer

Hi Brennan. Athletic training is a rapidly growing field, and its popularity has increased dramatically. I will say that there is a misunderstanding in the world about what we do, so it can feel like when you first start that everyone wants to be one. However, one you get going into your core classes, people realize that the field is not for them, it's not what they wanted it to be, or that it's too hard and they'd rather do something easier. I was an AT undergrad student and my freshman year there were 50 declared AT majors. One year later, there were only 12. And when I graduated, I was one of eight. I went to a small school as well, but even in the large programs you'll see that not everyone who signs up has their heart in it or quite frankly isnt cut out for it.

I hope that helps!
Michaela

Michaela recommends the following next steps:

Research schools that offer AT programs
Talk to program directors and staff directly
Intern or shadow an athletic trainer
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Andy’s Answer

Physical Therapy is growing but you have to make sure it is what you want to do. It is not an inexpensive degree to get. That said, I was a criminal justice major in undergrad and went back to school after I graduated to take all the science courses to apply to school. If you want to stand out, major in something else that you’re passionate about and just ensure you complete the required science courses. The biomedical, biology, or some other physiology degree are a dime a dozen for applicants in PT school.

That said, I love the flexibility of my job. I get to work with people in the hospital, people in their home and athletes on the side. The possibilities are quite endless.

Andy recommends the following next steps:

Try to get a PT tech job and ask endless amounts of questions
Look into a major that interests you after you decide PT school is the way to go
Shadow as many PTs in different settings as you can
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