Careers and Employment Outlook

What is an Athletic Trainer and where do they work?

Athletic training is an Allied Health Care Profession recognized by the American Medical Association. Athletic trainers are health care professionals that specialize in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports injuries who are certified by the Board of Certification. According to the BLS: ”Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010-2020, much faster than the average for other occupations.” Athletic Trainers work with: Secondary School Interscholastic Athletic Programs, Professional Athletic Teams, Corporate Health Programs, Sports Medicine Clinics, Industrial Health Programs and Universities/Colleges. Additionally, there are several emerging careers in military, law enforcement, performing arts, and Ortho-techs.

For information about the profession, please contact the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) at

Where are GWU Graduates Employed?

Graduates of our program have a variety of settings in which they can be employed. Currently our graduates are working with NFL football teams, colleges and universities, high schools and physical therapy clinics. After Gardner-Webb many of the athletic training students choose to seek graduate assistantships at colleges and universities. A graduate assistantship allows the athletic training student to pursue their master's degree while gaining additional experience within the profession.