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Sports Medicine Schools

There are 400 accredited sports medicine schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of sports medicine classes at one of these schools, you play a critical role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the sports medicine academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes sports medicine training at the following levels:

  • Sports Medicine Certificate
  • Associates degree in Sports Medicine
  • Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine
  • Masters degree in Sports Medicine
  • PhD degree in Sports Medicine


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Sports medicine professionals

171,540 176,820 182,370 189,750 196,570
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 196,570 sports medicine professionals working in the US in 2010. The number of sports medicine professionals has grown by 15% between 2006 and 2010.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Sports medicine professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by sports medicine professionals was $73,434 in 2010. The median yearly salary for sports medicine professionals in the US was 11% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Sports Medicine

$63,532 $67,102 $70,051 $71,815 $73,434
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for sports medicine professionals have grown by 16%.

Educational Trends

National Sports Medicine Student enrollment growth by degree

32 37 54 44 49
2,037 2,188 2,376 2,664 2,649
0 0 0 0 1
163 196 190 276 372
64 9 168 356 553
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Sports Medicine
  • Grey: Certificate in Sports Medicine

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for sports medicine professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In 2006, 2,296 students graduated from sports medicine degree programs in the US. In 2010, 3,624 students graduated from sports medicine schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 58% growth in the number of sports medicine graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from sports medicine courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Sports Medicine Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering sports medicine programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 319 sports medicine schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 399 schools.

Sports Medicine Faculty Salaries

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of sports medicine faculty, growth in the field of sports medicine academia and faculty salaries. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to help us. If you are involved in teaching sports medicine courses to students at the certificate in sports medicine, associates degree in sports medicine, bachelors degree in sports medicine, masters degree in sports medicine, and PhD degree in sports medicine levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of sports medicine. Once you submit your information, you will get a chance to see an overview of what we have learned thus far from you and your peers.


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