Athletic Training Education

Professional Avenues for Certified Athletic Trainers

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that between now and 2018, there will be a 37% increase in job opportunities for athletic trainers. 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 them become 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.

Our professional association (NATA) has produced several presentations and videos highlighting a "Day in the Life of an Athletic Trainer" in many of the different and exciting professional settings that you see athletic trainers working. You can see these  presentations by clicking here, including a new video that explains how more and more certified ATs are functioning as Physician Extenders. Following is a sampling of what some of Bomber AT alumni are now doing with their Ithaca College degree:

  • Peter Youngman, ATC, Class of 1986; Head Athletic Trainer, Sacramento Kings, NBA
  • Steven Bartlinski, ATC, PTA, Class of 1994; Head Athletic Trainer, Stanford University Football, CA
  • Katie Clair, ATC, Class of 1997; Industrial AT, Boeing Corporation, Seattle, WA
  • Ian McCleod, MS, ATC, CMT; USA Swimming, Author, Swimming Anatomy
  • Matt Fria, ATC CSCS, Class of 2004; Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach, Charlotte Hornets of the NBA
  • Matt Miller, MS, ATC, CSCS, Class of 2004; Strength & conditioning coach, Aqua Theater LeReve Health Services, Wynn, Las Vegas
  • Nancy Patterson Flynn, MS, ATC, CSCS, Class of 2006; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Club
  • Jimmy Preuter, ATC, DO, Class of 2006; Osteopathic Physician, Ohio
  • Devin Hull, DPM, Class of 2006; Licensed Podiatrist, Elmira, NY
  • Matt Tenan, PhD, ATC, Class of 2007; Neurophysiologist, US Army Research Laboratory, Baltimore, MD
  • Kristina Bramwell, ATC, DPT, Class of 2007; Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer, Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, CI
  • Jason Edelstein, ATC, Class of 2008; Orthopedic Technologist, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Emily Ambrose, ATC, Class of 2008; Athletic Trainer, Performing Artists, Walt Disney Land, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kelly McMullen Adler, MeD, ATC, Class of 2008; Physician Extender, University Sports Medicine, Rochester, NY
  • Caleb Crowell, MS, ATC, Class of 2008; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Megan Himes, MS, ATC, Class of 2009; Physician Extender & AT, Vail Summit Orthopedics, Vail, CO
  • Cody Herbert, MS, ATC, Class of 2009; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • Leigh Starzynski, MS, ATC, Class of 2009; Naval Health Clinic of New England, Newport, RI
  • Kevin Orloski, ATC, Class of 2010; Minor League AT, Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball, Phoenix, AZ
  • Amanda Boccio, DC, ATC, Class of 2010; Doctor of Chiropractic & Athletic Trainer, Sports & Spinal Wellness Center, NYC, NY
  • Elyse Putorti, ATC, Class of 2011; Orthopedic Patient Navigator at Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine in Ithaca, NY
  • Kyle Devins, ATC, & David Bloom, ATC, Class of 2011; Medical Students, SUNY Upstate Medical College, Syracuse, NY
  • Mike Becker, ATC, Class of 2011; Minor League Athletic Trainer, New York Yankees Baseball, Tampa, FL
  • Dan Adelman, MS, ATC, Class of 2011; Assistant AT, Baltimore Ravens Football Club, MD
  • Taryn Gilrein, MS, ATC, Class of 2011; Assistant AT, the University of Indiana
  • Amber Duda, ATC, Class of 2013; Medical student, Campbell University, NC
  • Caroline Lisee, ATC, Class of 2013; Clinic Outreach AT, Maryland SportsCare & Rehab, Mt. Airy, MD
  • Chris Toone, MS, ATC, Class of 2013; Athletic Trainer, United States Ski Team, Utah
  • Meaghan McMillen, MS, ATC, Class of 2013; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Duke University, NC
  • Kristen Bartiss, MS, ATC, Class of 2013; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Baylor University, TX



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