Career & Future
The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment in the Athletic Training profession to grow faster than average and job opportunities should be good (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). The entry-level Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Utah has been producing competent graduates who are in demand from area health care facilities. However, 70% of the Athletic Trainers working in the field nationally have a post-professional Master of Science degree. Therefore, attainment of an advanced degree will provide students with critical educational training that will lead to their advancement into higher level clinical, managerial, and administrative positions. These needs projections are compiled from local, state, and national data, as well as job placement information from graduates from the existing track in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Evidence of the strength of the program comes from the fact that many UU graduates hold administrative positions, clinical appointments, and academic positions across the country.
Professional Associations for Athletic Trainers
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional organization for athletic trainers. You can access career information, education options, current professional issues, employment opportunities and much more by visiting their website: www.nata.org. The Master of Science degree is designed to address and align with the educational outcomes developed by the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students acquire advanced didactic and practical skills necessary for the practice of Athletic Training, such as assessment, treatment planning, problem-solving, behavior analysis, appropriate intervention implementation, evaluation, and documentation. Students engage in clinically-based as a means of solidifying their didactic coursework.