How to write an Athletic Trainer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Athletic Trainer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Athletic Trainer job titles

    Athletic Trainer
    Lead Athletic Trainer
    Student Athletics Trainer
    Athletic Trainer (Part-Time)
    Licensed Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Athletic Trainer job summary

Our physical therapy practice seeks a NATA-certified Athletic Trainer with a background in sports medicine and orthopedic injuries. We’re looking for a motivated individual who wants to work in a fast-paced, highly energized environment. We see a high volume of clients every day, ranging from kids recovering from broken bones to elderly clients restoring function after surgery. Approximately 70 percent of our clients are athletes who require our full attention so they can return to the field. The successful candidate will have experience, but we’re also willing to train. If you have a positive attitude and a dedication to excellence, we’re excited to talk with you.

Athletic Trainer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Athletic Trainer responsibilities

    Evaluate and document injuries of clients upon intake
    Assist physical and occupational therapists with devising Plans of Care for clients
    Interact with clients to help them feel motivated, secure and confident
    Ascertain clients’ goals and help them create a plan for achieving them
    Monitor clients during treatments
    Teach exercises to clients for performance in-house or at home
    Prepare and process paperwork for physicians and insurance companies
    Travel to hospital, rehab center and client homes when necessary

Athletic Trainer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Athletic Trainer skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training preferred
    Current NATA certification in good standing
    1+ years’ clinical experience
    Basic knowledge of professional sports
    CPR and first aid certification a must
    Current membership with or willingness to join National Athletic Trainers Association
    Ability to pass drug screening
    Sufficient strength to assist with transferring patients using body mechanics

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