Salaries for Practitioners of Sports Medicine

How much money do rehabilitative therapists make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a rehabilitative therapist is $39,640 as of May 2008.  The highest paid ten percent made more than $60,960 per year.  Most rehabilitative therapist jobs are full-time and come with benefits.  Salaries in the field vary widely, and an individual’s salary can be affected by factors such as location, type of employer and work setting, level of experience, educational credentials, and level of responsibility.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for physical therapists in general will increase much faster than average in the coming decade.  The number of job openings should grow by about thirty percent.  Demand for physical therapists

Sports medicine salaries can vary based on location, experience level, educational level, and type of employer.  The median annual salary for a physical therapist is close to $73,000.  However, experienced physical therapists with good credentials have the potential to earn significantly more.  The highest earning top ten percent of physical therapists make more than $104, 350 per year.

Learn more about sports medicine degrees.

How much does a sports psychologist make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle fifty percent of sports psychologists who work one-on-one with athletes in a clinical or training setting make between $42,000 and $65,000 per year. Top-earning sports psychologists can make close to $100,000 per year and sometimes more.  The highest paying sports psychology positions are very competitive and tend to involve working in private practice or with high-level professional and elite athletes.  Earning a doctorate can improve the chances that a sports psychologist will land a high-paying job.

How can I improve my chances of succeeding in a sports medicine career?

If you want to optimize your chances of succeeding in the field of sports medicine, getting hands-on experience is key.  Getting exposed to the practice of sports medicine in a variety of settings--a school athletic program, a health club, a clinic, a training facility--will make you more attractive to potential employers and more qualified to perform a wide range of sports medicine jobs.  Taking your education seriously is another important step toward career success in sports medicine.  The better your grades and the better your credentials, the more sports medicine career opportunities you will find after you graduate and become certified in your specific profession.  Take advantage of internships and clinical instruction while you are in school so that you can get as much practical experience as possible.

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            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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            • Guarantees flat-rate tuition for students who stay continuously enrolled.
            • Offers a four-day class schedule, leaving Fridays open.
            • Founding member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) in 1912.
            • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
            • Has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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            Argosy University , Schaumburg
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
            • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
            • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
            • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
            • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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            Centura College , Virginia Beach
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Listed as a 2015 Best for Vets school in the Career & Technical College category by Military Times.
            • Offers programs in health science, business, legal studies, technology, and skilled trades such as HVAC and building maintenance &    repair.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 3 campuses located in Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida.
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