Athletic trainers are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, athletic trainers rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 41% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy athletic trainers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Fitness trainer
3.6
$41k
Golf pro
3.5
$36k
Personal trainer
3.5
$35k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
Fitness coordinator
3.5
$91k
Athletic trainer
3.3
$48k
Exercise physiologist
3.3
$48k
Referee
3.2
$36k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are athletic trainers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do athletic trainers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as athletic trainers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are athletic trainer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are athletic trainers making the best use of their abilities?

Are athletic trainers happy with their salary?

Athletic trainers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Athletic trainers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked athletic trainers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

262 athletic trainers

5 Star
9%

9% of athletic trainers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of athletic trainers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
32%

32% of athletic trainers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of athletic trainers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
20%

20% of athletic trainers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do athletic trainers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, athletic trainers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked athletic trainers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

267 athletic trainers

5 Star
21%

21% of athletic trainers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of athletic trainers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of athletic trainers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of athletic trainers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of athletic trainers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of athletic trainers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked athletic trainers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

282 athletic trainers

5 Star
42%

42% of athletic trainers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of athletic trainers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of athletic trainers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
4%

4% of athletic trainers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of athletic trainers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an athletic trainer’s work environment?

As a whole, athletic trainers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of athletic trainers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an athletic trainer.

We asked athletic trainers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

283 athletic trainers

5 Star
28%

28% of athletic trainers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of athletic trainers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of athletic trainers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of athletic trainers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of athletic trainers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are athletic trainers making the best use of their abilities?

Former athletic trainers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most athletic trainers surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an athletic trainer, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked athletic trainers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

285 athletic trainers

5 Star
24%

24% of athletic trainers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of athletic trainers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of athletic trainers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of athletic trainers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of athletic trainers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars