The Strong Interest Inventory® helps people find a career that is a good fit for their personality, strengths, and professional preferences. This assessment is a series of questions that comprehensively assesses multiple aspects of an individual’s workplace preferences and personal interests. Based on their responses, individuals are referred to one to three of six Theme Code Categories. Athletic Trainers fall into the Social Theme Code Category of The Strong Interest Inventory® because of the highly interpersonal nature of their role and responsibilities as an Athletic Trainer.

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Discover the Strong Interest Inventory® career as an Athletic Trainer. Learn about this career in this data rich write-up including information such as income, daily tasks, required education and more.

Athletic Trainers help individuals achieve and maintain peak personal fitness. They might develop and recommend training programs for their clients, help them track their fitness progress, and teach them how to use training equipment appropriately and safely. They may provide additional advice, for example related to nutrition, as well as care for athletic injuries using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication. If a Trainer is in the area during an injury, they might conduct an initial assessment of an athlete’s injury and communicate their findings to emergency personnel when they arrive on-site. In some cases, they may also accompany the injured athlete to the hospital to ensure that they are cared for properly. For minor injuries, Trainers might apply protective or preventive devices such as tape, bandages, or braces, or massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.

Athletic Trainers use many different kinds of tools and technologies to provide services to their clients. For instance, they often use e-mail, scheduling software, and Microsoft Office Suite to communicate with their clients and document their progress. They might also use a number of different database software, such as Digital Coach AthleticTrainer, injury tracking software, or other interfaces that track their clients’ performance or recovery. Additionally, trainers use many different kinds of equipment, though the precise equipment used depends on the responsibilities of the Trainer and the context in which they are working.

Because of their varied responsibilities, the majority of Athletic Trainers hold an advanced degree, such as a Ph.D. or M.D., and have extensive knowledge of their field. They have a background in medicine and anatomy, as well as therapy and counseling, customer service, and education. In addition, Athletic Trainers need to have strong active listening and critical thinking skills – they need to be able to pay close attention to their clients’ questions and how they are performing specific activities to avoid injury. Trainers also need to be able to solve problems and make decisions quickly, especially since a wrong decision or slow response could result in an injury.

The median salary for Athletic Trainers is $46,630 annually. However, in western states like Washington, Oregon, and California they can make over $70,000. In New Jersey, the median is over $60,000. The demand for Athletic Trainers is also rising nation-wide. Current employment is over 28,000 with projected growth rates over 15% annually for the next several years.

Below are some employment trends for Athletic Trainers:

  • Median Salary: $46,630 annually
  • Employment: 28,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026): 2,200
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections]

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections