Athletic Training

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for athletics and sport and kinesiology.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Fitness Trainers and Instructors
  • Massage Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Recreation Workers

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. 

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Athletic Training Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Common industry related questions
  • Tell me about a time when you set a goal for a patient and they did not meet that goal.
  • What are the steps you would take to effectively treat a twisted ankle?
  • How would you approach an injured athlete?
  • How would you introduce yourself?
  • What type of questions would you ask the athlete?
  • We've had to treat "non-athletes" such as piano and flute players. How would you handle an introduction to them, would you do anything different?
  • How would you deal with a patient that was not motivated to participate in treatment?
  • How would you deal with an angry or upset athlete or patient?
  • A soccer player kicks the ball and falls to the ground... what do you do?
  • If a patient or athlete began bleeding profusely, what would you do?
  • If any emergency occurred and you were the first person on site what would you do?
  • Describe a time of conflict you had with a classmate, coach, ATC, student-athlete, or physician and how you handled it.
  • How do you handle an athlete who is non-compliant with a rehabilitation program?
  • What about an athlete who is overly ambitious with his/her rehab program?


Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.