The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for athletic trainers will grow by 23% between 2016 and 2026. And as the professional settings for athletic trainers continues to expand into the military, industrial and performing artist domains, the future looks bright for students looking to study athletic training and to find gainful employment after becoming certified by the BOC.
Since athletic training is a dynamic allied health care field, it's study requires intensive preparation and experience in many of the biomedical and human sciences in order to become a competent health care provider. Since 1950, both the practice and education of athletic training has evolved to meet the growing needs and challenges of a diverse assortment of active patient populations that fall under the "sports medicine umbrella". As such, preparing to be a certified athletic trainer opens up many potential professional options for the industrious student looking to work in the sports medicine and health care arenas.