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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 Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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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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  • 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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  • Offers 46 credits for military experience (plus credit for CLEP & DSST)
  • Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, teaching credentials and extended education programs online and at campuses throughout California and Washington.
  • Has a network of 26 campuses, 6 military base locations and online options
  • Part of the Chapman University System
  • Offers 46 credits for military experience (plus credit for CLEP & DSST)
  • Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, teaching credentials and extended education programs online and at campuses throughout California and Washington.
  • Has a network of 26 campuses, 6 military base locations and online options
  • Part of the Chapman University System
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
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  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
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