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Is Athletic Training a well paying career choice?

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I plan on majoring in Athletic Training. #athletic-training #athletics #athletic-performance

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It depends on how you define 'well paying'. Athletic trainers are not for making a million dollars, but you can definitely live a comfortable life. Like any profession, different job settings will have different salaries. I encourage you to do a few things: 1) visit the National Athletic Training Association (www.nata.org) for detailed information on athletic training salaries, and 2) when discussing your salary as part of the hiring process, be sure that you understand the salary policies at that organization.


Also, consider reviewing the US Department of Labor Occupation Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/) which has information about all US jobs and salary information.

could you give me advise on how to become an great Athletic trainer? Marques D. Translate
Great advice thanks! Thaddeus W. Translate
Being a "great athletic trainer" is based on your definition of 'great'. Athletic trainers are healthcare providers, as such they tend to be caring and selfless individuals. You won't typically hear of a famous athletic trainer like you would famous actor, athlete, or political individual but if you are having a positive impact when supporting those in need, you will be great. Also, part of being a "great athletic trainer" involved staying up-to-date on current medical standards and your hands-on skills. So regularly reading about new skills with help you remain current and practice your athletic training skills. So remember, being great is what you define. Carrie Graham, PhD, ATC, LATC Translate
My two cents: be a little precautious with BLS.gov's estimated salary for Athletic Trainers as their default is an average for ATCs in a wide variety of settings. This page breaks up salary by industry https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes299091.htm NATA (The Nat'l Athletic Trainers Association) creates salary reports bi-annually. Here is part of the info they share, you can find the rest on Google: https://www.nata.org/career-education/career-center/post-a-job/25th-percentile-salary-guidelines https://www.nata.org/career-education/career-center/salary-survey Brendon Larsen, PTA Translate
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Rana’s Answer

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This is not my area of expertise, however Salary.com might be helpful to you. You could also connect with someone in H.R. to find out.
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