ERIC Number: EJ940859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Educational Preparation and Experiences in the Industrial-Occupational Setting: A Qualitative Study of Athletic Training Graduates' Perspectives
Schilling, Jim F.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v6 n2 p99-106 Apr-Jun 2011
Context: The industrial-occupational setting provides a workplace of substantial potential for the athletic training graduate. Acquiring input from entry-level athletic trainers (ATs) pertaining to experiences, knowledge, and skills necessary to be successful in the industrial-occupational setting is critical information for future Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) curriculums, continuing education, and post-graduate fellowships. Objective: To gain understanding of the experiences encountered and education needed for successful preparation as an entry-level AT in the industrial-occupational setting. Design: Qualitative. Setting: Industrial-Occupational. Participants: Seven professional-level industrial ATs Data Collection and Analysis: Structured interview questions were used with an electronic platform. Participants were questioned relating to their experiences and perceptions pertaining to educational preparation for the industrial-occupational setting. An inductive content analysis was performed for textual data analysis. Results: The rationale for acquiring positions in the industrial-occupational setting upon graduation was due to fewer hours and higher salaries, but once hired the most positive experience and greatest job satisfaction came from helping people. The area the participants felt ill-prepared was ergonomics, but respondents felt well-prepared in injury evaluation and treatment. They also commented that gaining respect from the company was the most challenging aspect when entering the industrial-occupational setting as an entry-level AT. Conclusion: Graduates are attracted to the salary and hours associated with the industrial-occupational setting, but helping people provided the greatest job satisfaction. Although most entry-level ATs perceived themselves as well prepared for the industrial-occupational setting, weakness in the area of ergonomics was identified.
Descriptors: Athletics, Job Satisfaction, Interviews, Graduate Surveys, Occupational Surveys, Qualitative Research, Educational Needs, Educational Experience, Questionnaires, Mail Surveys, Professional Continuing Education, Physical Education Teachers, Industrial Training, Outcomes of Education
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