We surveyed 1,042 athletic trainers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical athletic trainer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an athletic trainer?

Low

High

Working as an athletic trainer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an athletic trainer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an athletic trainer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an athletic trainer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as an athletic trainer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for athletic trainers.

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Do athletic trainers work full-time or part-time?

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

Is being an athletic trainer stressful?

Low

High

Athletic trainers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an athletic trainer?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an athletic trainer.

How competitive is the workplace for athletic trainers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for athletic trainers.

Does being an athletic trainer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for athletic trainers.

Are athletic trainers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Athletic trainers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do athletic trainers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally athletic trainers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being an athletic trainer physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an athletic trainer may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are athletic trainers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, athletic trainers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being an athletic trainer require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an athletic trainer.

Does being a good athletic trainer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as athletic trainers.