Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers evaluate and advise athletes to assist them in recovering from injury, avoiding injury or maintaining peak physical fitness.
License required by 49 states
3rd most burdensome licensing requirements
2nd most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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.”

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Washington 49 $475.00 1,461 4 years and 7 clock hours - 1 0 0
2 Pennsylvania 49 $320.00 1,461 4 years and 3 clock hours - 1 0 20
3 Florida 49 $525.00 1,460 4 years and 2 clock hours - 1 0 21
4 New Jersey 49 $440.00 1,460 4 years - 1 12 18
5 Wyoming 49 $500.00 1,460 4 years - 2 0 18
6 Alaska 49 $1,000.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
7 Hawaii 49 $685.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
8 Oregon 49 $675.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
9 Tennessee 49 $548.00 1,460 4 years - 2 0 0
10 Texas 49 $544.00 1,460 4 years - 2 0 0
11 New Mexico 49 $525.00 1,460 4 years - 2 0 0
12 Maryland 49 $600.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
13 Ohio 49 $446.00 1,460 4 years - 2 0 0
14 Louisiana 49 $465.75 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
15 Nebraska 49 $417.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 19
16 West Virginia 49 $425.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
17 Nevada 49 $640.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
18 Michigan 49 $637.75 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
19 Arizona 49 $622.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
20 D C 49 $300.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 18
21 Illinois 49 $500.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
21 North Carolina 49 $500.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
23 Maine 49 $496.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
24 Connecticut 49 $490.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
25 Alabama 49 $475.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
25 Montana 49 $475.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
27 New Hampshire 49 $470.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
28 Oklahoma 49 $467.49 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
29 Minnesota 49 $465.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
30 Idaho 49 $450.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
31 Massachusetts 49 $447.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
32 Virginia 49 $430.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
33 Arkansas 49 $425.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
33 Delaware 49 $425.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
35 Iowa 49 $420.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 Colorado 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 Kentucky 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 Mississippi 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 Missouri 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 North Dakota 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 South Dakota 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
36 Vermont 49 $400.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
43 Indiana 49 $394.45 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
44 Kansas 49 $380.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
45 Wisconsin 49 $375.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
46 Utah 49 $370.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
47 Rhode Island 49 $360.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
48 Georgia 49 $350.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0
48 South Carolina 49 $350.00 1,460 4 years - 1 0 0