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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Physician Assistant
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Education: Physicians assistants must have a 4-year undergraduate degree,
along with some medical field work experience, and must complete a 2-year
accredited formal program.

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Personal Characteristics: Self-motivated, good interpersonal skills, emotionally stable, good bedside manner

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Job Settings: Traditional office-based settings, hospitals, educational medical
centers, public clinics

Physician
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Education: Physicians must complete 4 years of undergraduate school,
4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency.

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Personal Characteristics: Desire to serve patients, self-motivated, able to
endure strong pressures

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Job Settings: Clinics, hospitals, professional sports, military

Orthopedic Surgeon
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Education: Orthopedic surgeons must complete 4 years of undergraduate
school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency.

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Personal Characteristics: Desire to serve patients, self-motivated, able to
endure strong pressures

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Job Settings: Hospitals, clinics, professional sports

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
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Education: A bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related field, as well as
CSCS certification, is required.

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Personal Characteristics: Good interpersonal/communication skills

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Job Settings: Colleges/universities, high schools, gyms

Equipment Personnel
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Education: At least a high school diploma is required.

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Personal Characteristics: Independent, self-motivated

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Job Settings: High schools, colleges/universities, professional sports

PERSONAL ATTRIBuTES REQuIRED
FOR A CAREER IN SPORTS MEDICINE
Many times in college courses, certain bits of information are glossed over, assuming
that everyone understands. Personal attributes of successful sports medicine practitioners may be one example of this. Health care careers are not for everyone. When



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