Practicum in Athletic Allied Health Care

Career Options

There are many career paths open to students who pursue this pracitcum.  For example, many former students have used this as a jumping off point for medical. Below are some other careers in which this practicum may be of use. All salaries below are median salaries as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010.

  • Chiropractor: $67,200
  • EMTs and Paramedics: $30,360
  • Nurses: $40,380 – $64,690
  • Message, Occupational, Physical, Recreational or Respiratory Therapists: $34,900 to  $76,310
  • Physician Assistants: $86,400
  • Physicians and Surgeons: greater than $166,400 per year
  • Podiatrists: $118,030

Becoming and Athletic Trainer

How do you become an Athletic Trainer?
To become certified, athletic training students must graduate with either a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, athletic trainers must meet ongoing continuing education standards to remain certified. Every three years, athletic trainers must complete 75 hours of continuing education credits.

While practice act oversight varies by state, athletic trainers practice under state statutes recognizing them as health care professionals. Athletic training licensure/regulation exists in 47 states.

Average Salaries for Athletic Trainers

2011 Median Pay was $51,483 according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

From the US Bureau of Labor Statics:Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase, most significantly in schools and youth leagues.