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How will your sports medicine education stack up?

If you want to study sports medicine at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 401 traditional sports medicine schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have sports medicine programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio

Student Demographics

In 2010, 3,631 students earned degrees in sports medicine in the US. Of these students, 553 received certifications in sports medicine, 2,704 received an undergraduate degree in sports medicine, and 374 received a graduate-level degree in sports medicine.

Academics

Students can pursue education in sports medicine at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Master's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Doctoral Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Certificate in Sports Medicine

Sports medicine students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their sports medicine degree:

  • Injury Assessment
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Health and Fitness
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Cost

The average tuition at sports medicine schools around the nation was $18,926 per year in 2010. The following sports medicine schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $38,440
  3. Chapman University - located in Orange, California, students paid $36,764

The lowest tuition was charged by the following sports medicine schools:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. Florida International University - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $4,580
  3. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577

How will your sports medicine job compare?

Sports medicine coordinator , physical therapy professor, coach, physical therapist, or physical therapist assistant are the professions of choice for a majority of sports medicine graduates in the US. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 885,330 sports medicine professionals working in the US, including 293,740 sports medicine physicians, 16,290 sports medicine coordinator s and 144,780 physical therapy professors. The following states have the largest number of sports medicine professionals:

  1. California - 85,290 Sports Medicine Professionals
  2. New York - 84,410 Sports Medicine Professionals
  3. Texas - 61,360 Sports Medicine Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of sports medicine professionals is expected to grow by 19% by 2018. There are projected to be 631,950 sports medicine professionals working in the US then. Of these 631,950 sports medicine professionals, the government predicts that 0 will become sports medicine physicians, 22,400 will become sports medicine coordinator s, and 0 will become physical therapy professors. The number of sports medicine professionals is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 47%
  2. Texas - 37%
  3. Virginia - 37%

Salary

In the US, sports medicine professionals earn on average $74,751 per year. However, factors such as your previous performance reviews, experience, and experience can cause the salary for sports medicine professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact sports medicine profession you pursue. Sports medicine professionals in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,360 per year, to more than $164,180 per year. On average, sports medicine professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. Alaska - $96,643 per year
  2. Nevada - $92,905 per year
  3. Georgia - $88,452 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for sports medicine professionals:

  1. Iowa - $60,320 per year
  2. South Carolina - $63,513 per year
  3. Missouri - $69,765 per year

The sports medicine professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Sports Medicine Physician - $180,870 per year
  2. Physical Therapy Professor - $103,960 per year
  3. Physical Therapist - $77,990 per year

On average the lowest paid sports medicine professionals were:

  1. Physical Therapist Assistant - $49,810 per year
  2. Sports Medicine Coordinator - $44,030 per year
  3. Coach - $35,950 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
sports medicine?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 293,740 $180,870 63.0%
2
Coaches and Scouts 184,280 $35,950 26.7%
3
Physical Therapists 180,280 $77,990 19.2%
4
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 144,780 $103,960 33.2%
5
Physical Therapist Assistants 65,960 $49,810 12.4%
6
Athletic Trainers 16,290 $44,030 7.8%