What is Sports Medicine career?

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The great thing about sports medicine degrees is that students have many areas to specialize in. For instance, students can interact and help athletes by becoming an athletic trainer. Students looking to help people lose weight can become a fitness trainer. A lot of universities today provide programs in sports medicine, offering associate and bachelor degrees. Some schools even offer certifications, and students can expect to work in different environments like a university, public school or athletic facility. Students looking to get their bachelor's degree can expect to take courses like exercise leadership, applied kinesiology and strength training. Master and doctoral degrees in this field give students the chance to choose a specialization and work in a clinical environment.

Career Physical Therapist Massage Therapist Fitness Trainer
Education Requirements Doctoral or professional degree Postsecondary non-degree award High school diploma or equivalent
Other Requirements Must have license Licensure or certification may be required Certification preferred
Job Growth (2012-22)* 36% 23% 13%
Mean Salary (2014)* $83, 940 annually $41, 790 annually $39, 410 annually

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Options

Careers in sports medicine combine both sports and medicine in hopes of bettering the lives of people. Students can work in many environments, and can even open up their own practice if they have an advanced degree. Below are descriptions and overviews of possible careers for sports medicine graduates.

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