Growing number of ATCs Find Hospitals Offer Incresed Job & Career Opportunities, Higher Salaries and Fewer Work Hours

New National Athletic Trainers’ Association Survey Finds Hospitals Offer ATCs Diversity in Daily Duties & Greater Job Satisfaction

DALLAS (November 3, 2003) – Finding gainful, challenging employment in a hospital setting, is becoming a growing option for many certified athletic trainers (ATCs), according to a new survey conducted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The purpose of the survey, coordinated by Dondii Cummings, ATC, PA, was to determine the current and future job market and skills necessary for ATCs seeking hospital employment. Survey respondents cited the hospital market as a potentially good source of employment, with a majority saying there is room for additional jobs that require ATC skills. The hospital job market will continue to improve as third-party reimbursement becomes more common and if Medicare reimbursement is approved. ATCs currently working in hospitals report they are using the medical, educational and athletic training specific skills they acquired during their academic training, which contributes to greater job satisfaction. So do higher salaries and shorter work hours. Hospital-employed ATCs generally earn more than their counterparts working in high schools or universities. According to the survey, 50 percent of the respondents noted their salaries were in excess of $41,000, and 26 percent reported their earning between $31,000-$40,000. In comparison, ATCs employed in high schools and colleges earned an average in the mid-to-high $30s. Hour-wise, more than 60 percent of the hospital-based ATCs reported working more than 40 hours a week, compared to their school-based colleagues, who typically work more than 50 hours a week. Methodology of Survey: This was a primary research survey performed through the NATA with an internal NATA e-mail notification, Web-based survey and manual compilation of data. The research was designed to identify how certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are employed in hospital environments. The survey documents the actual job duties, employment conditions, necessary job skills and knowledge to secure a hospital job. The survey determined mandatory and optional educational requirements as conditions of employment. The survey was to determine if and how many ATCs work purely in the outpatient rehab setting vs. some other untapped sources of employment. The survey was developed to mirror previous NATA primary research surveys as well as the original survey begun by Dondii Cummings for a Masters thesis as a physician’s assistant. ATCs were selected through the NATA membership office as those members who had listed themselves as “certified” with the subcategory of “hospital” as the primary work setting. The focus was on ATCs who were not dual-credentialed, although dual-credentialed individuals were included in the survey. The survey was performed through a convenience sample. It was sent to 775 ATCs who listed hospitals as their primary site of employment. Of those, 23 percent ATCs (177 people) responded to the survey. While the majority of the 775 surveys were e-mailed to members, those with only a physical address were sent the survey via postal service. Results were returned to a special e-mail in-box to NATA and were manually compiled. The raw data were reported to the NATA’s Council on Employment, which analyzed the results and wrote this executive summary. While the survey size is relatively small, the response rate is very acceptable. The survey is valid as a trend indicator and a reliable industry segment sample. About the NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. NATA, 2952 Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75247, 214.637.6282; 214.637.2206 (fax). Survey Results ATCs in Hospitals

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