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Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Can Lead to a Recession-Proof Career in Athletic Training



By Catherine Groux
Posted August 17, 2011 03:20 PM

Even during an economic recession, a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Athletic Training can lead to a fast-growing career.
Even during an economic recession, a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Athletic Training can lead to a fast-growing career.
For the past few years, the shaky economic situation has been at the forefront of American news. This led many potential degree seekers to worry about finding a job after graduation, or the debt they will face if they enroll in a college or university. Still, even during an economic recession, there are many degree tracks that can lead to fast-growing careers.

For example, individuals who earn bachelor's or master's degrees in a subject such as nutrition, kinesiology, athletic training or exercise science can become athletic trainers after graduating. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these allied health professionals are responsible for preventing, diagnosing, assessing and treating bone and muscle injuries. Additionally, athletic trainers educate people on how to use exercise equipment properly and improve their balance and strength so they can avoid future injuries.

The BLS reports that jobs for athletic trainers are expected to expand by about 37% over the next seven years, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Much of this growth is due to an increased focus on preventative care, which athletic trainers now often assist with. The National Athletic Trainers Association reports that studies have shown these professionals can positively affect patient outcomes.

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