This page is designed to provide employment information for BOC certified Athletic Trainers, and/or students who are graduating from a professional program and are planning to take the BOC exam prior to gaining employment. Non-certified students should consult their program administrators about internships/work opportunities. These options should be investigated carefully to ensure students are not violating state practice acts, endangering patient welfare, replacing qualified health care personnel, and/or acting outside the limitations of their own liability insurance.
Types of Employment in Athletic Training:
Students graduating from professional athletic training programs should consider their many placement and employment opportunities. These students are eligible to attend post-professional education at either a degree program or a residency program. Both of these types of programs provide varying amounts of advanced didactic and clinical practice education and training.
Students graduating from a post-professional degree program are still eligible to attend post-professional residency programs, and residents are still eligible to attend post-professional degree programs.
Prospective post-professional programs can be searched for and contacted using the CAATE search accredited programs tool. Students interested in post-professional degree or residency programs should thoroughly review potential programs, as there are many programs who identify as residency, fellowship, internship, or other educational programs that are not accredited, and that have not gone through CAATE’s quality assurance process.
Searching for Employment:
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) provides a career center for all of its members. Members who use this tool can filter jobs by state, setting and/or type. Graduate Assistant and Internship positions may also be posted on this page.
The NATA conducts a salary survey every 2 years to better provide its members with information necessary to negotiate salary with prospective employers. The survey results provide a snapshot of the profession as a whole from an earnings standpoint but are also searchable and show how specific variables affect the average salary.
Prospective employees are further encouraged to investigate the lower quartile salary ranges for all settings/job types for athletic trainers. All job postings should meet or exceed the 25th percentile for the appropriate job setting. Any postings that do not meet this expectation are subject to review, and prospective employees would be strongly encouraged to negotiate salary points to minimally above this range.