Athletic Trainer

License required by 49 states

3rd most burdensome licensing requirements.

2nd most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Athletic trainers evaluate and advise athletes to assist them in recovering from injury, avoiding injury or maintaining peak physical fitness.

Forty-nine states require a license to work as an athletic trainer. On average, these laws require $472 in fees, four years (1,460 days) of education and about one exam—the third most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. Because athletic trainers are also licensed by so many states, the occupation is the second most widely and onerously licensed of the 102 studied in this report.

Licensing requirements are quite uniform: Typically, one must hold a bachelor’s degree and pass a national certification exam. Only five states (New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming) require more than one exam. Fees vary greatly, however, from $300 in D.C. to $1,000 in Alaska. California and New York are the only two unlicensed states, though New York requires permission to use the title “certified athletic trainer.”

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Washington 49 $475 1461 4 years and 7 clock hours 1 0 0
2 Pennsylvania 49 $320 1461 4 years and 3 clock hours 1 0 20
3 Florida 49 $525 1460 4 years and 2 clock hours 1 0 21
4 New Jersey 49 $440 1460 4 years 1 12 18
5 Wyoming 49 $500 1460 4 years 2 0 18
6 Alaska 49 $1,000 1460 4 years 1 0 0
7 Hawaii 49 $685 1460 4 years 1 0 18
8 Oregon 49 $675 1460 4 years 1 0 18
9 Tennessee 49 $548 1460 4 years 2 0 0
10 Texas 49 $544 1460 4 years 2 0 0
11 New Mexico 49 $525 1460 4 years 2 0 0
12 Maryland 49 $600 1460 4 years 1 0 18
13 Ohio 49 $446 1460 4 years 2 0 0
14 Louisiana 49 $466 1460 4 years 1 0 18
15 Nebraska 49 $417 1460 4 years 1 0 19
16 West Virginia 49 $425 1460 4 years 1 0 18
17 Nevada 49 $640 1460 4 years 1 0 0
18 Michigan 49 $638 1460 4 years 1 0 0
19 Arizona 49 $622 1460 4 years 1 0 0
20 D C 49 $300 1460 4 years 1 0 18
21 Illinois 49 $500 1460 4 years 1 0 0
21 North Carolina 49 $500 1460 4 years 1 0 0
23 Maine 49 $496 1460 4 years 1 0 0
24 Connecticut 49 $490 1460 4 years 1 0 0
25 Alabama 49 $475 1460 4 years 1 0 0
25 Montana 49 $475 1460 4 years 1 0 0
27 New Hampshire 49 $470 1460 4 years 1 0 0
28 Oklahoma 49 $467 1460 4 years 1 0 0
29 Minnesota 49 $465 1460 4 years 1 0 0
30 Idaho 49 $450 1460 4 years 1 0 0
31 Massachusetts 49 $447 1460 4 years 1 0 0
32 Virginia 49 $430 1460 4 years 1 0 0
33 Arkansas 49 $425 1460 4 years 1 0 0
33 Delaware 49 $425 1460 4 years 1 0 0
35 Iowa 49 $420 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 Colorado 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 Kentucky 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 Mississippi 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 Missouri 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 North Dakota 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 South Dakota 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
36 Vermont 49 $400 1460 4 years 1 0 0
43 Indiana 49 $394 1460 4 years 1 0 0
44 Kansas 49 $380 1460 4 years 1 0 0
45 Wisconsin 49 $375 1460 4 years 1 0 0
46 Utah 49 $370 1460 4 years 1 0 0
47 Rhode Island 49 $360 1460 4 years 1 0 0
48 Georgia 49 $350 1460 4 years 1 0 0
48 South Carolina 49 $350 1460 4 years 1 0 0

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