Learn about the types of people who become athletic trainers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2023

55% of athletic trainers work in full-time roles while 45% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an athletic trainer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming athletic trainers at a ratio of 2.50 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

58% of athletic trainers are female and 42% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an athletic trainer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an athletic trainer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an athletic trainer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of athletic trainers are White, making up 67% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 9% and 8% respectively.