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What Can You do With a Graduate Degree in Athletic Training?

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Salisbury University's Health and Sport Sciences Department offers a professional program leading to a Master of Science in Athletic Training, which prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer.  Athletic training is a health care profession that involves the prevention, diagnosis and management of active individuals who sustain traumatic or lingering injuries, or develop acute illness or other medical conditions that impair a person's normal function.  To practice as an athletic trainer, a candidate must complete an entry-level athletic training program from a nationally accredited academic institution that sponsors an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Salisbury University's professional athletic training program received initial accreditation in 1998 and re-accreditation in 2004 and 2011 at the baccalaureate level.  Students must also pass the national certification examination and, in most states, apply for a license to practice as an athletic trainer.

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2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree:
Spa Manager
College/University Level Athletic Trainer
College/University Level Physician Assistant
Health Facilities Surveyor

General Career Directions:
Exercise Physiologist
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Massage Therapist
Fitness Consultant/Personal Trainer
Emergency medical technician and paramedic
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Registered Nurses
Recreational Therapist

Entry Level Jobs:
Exercise Physiologist
Conditioning Coach
Massage Therapist
Fitness Consultant
Emergency Room Tech
Facility Coordinator
Athletic Therapist
Recreation Therapist

Places of Employment:  top

  • Professional teams and leagues, e.g. NFL, MLB
  • Professional athletes
  • Professional player associations and unions
  • Sport associations, e.g. PGA Tour
  • Conference offices, e.g. SEC, ACC
  • Governing bodies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Arenas
  • Auditoriums
  • Stadiums
  • Golf courses
  • Tracks
  • Clinical and industrial health care programs
  • Athletic training education programs
  • Performing arts companies
  • Amateur sports teams
  • Corporate and industrial setting
  • Health and fitness centers
  • International athletic organizations
  • Olympic centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Youth sport programs
  • Sport related franchises
  • Training centers
  • Sport camps
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Recreational facilities
  • Local sport and tourism
  • Sports marketing firms
  • Sports management firms
  • High schools, colleges and universities
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician offices and hospitals
  • Military bases

Related Links:  top

American College of Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Society of Exercise Physiologists


Center for Exercise Physiology

Connecticut Athletic Trainers' Association

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

NATA Research & Education Foundation

National Athletic Trainers' Association

National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association

The National Strength & Conditioning Association

Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society

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