According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, as the middle-aged and older population remains active and the effects of concussions. Some states require public secondary schools to employ athletic trainers as part of their sports programs. Because athletic trainers are usually onsite with athletes and are often the first responders when injuries occur, the demand for trainers in schools should continue to increase.
The professional setting for athletic trainers continues to expand, from the traditional settings of secondary schools, colleges and universities, and professional sports, to the emergent settings of the performing arts, hospital and clinics, occupational health, public safety and military, and physician offices.
The NATA website provides many publicly available resources, including “A Day in the Life” videos that show athletic trainers in various job settings. In addition to many secondary schools and clinics, graduates of the SBU athletic training program have worked in a number of different settings, including the following:
New York Jets Football
Houston Astros Minor League affiliate in the Dominican Republic
New York Red Bulls
Western New York Flash
University of Florida
St. John’s University (NY)
Dowling College (NY)
St. Joseph’s College (NY)
St. Francis College (NY)
College of Mt. St. Vincent (NY)
Kentucky State University
Coastal Carolina University (SC)
St. Mary’s College (CA)
Fort Benning (GA)
Radio City Rockettes
Cirque de Soleil
New York Knicks City Dancers
Stony Brook Medicine- Stony Brook Orthopaedics
New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center