Allan Parsells is an Amazon AT or as they call him IPS. Injury Prevention Specialists are positions at Amazon that are only held by Athletic Trainers.
What is it like working for Amazon?
There are about 150 ATs across Amazon
BOC certified is a job requirement
Been with Amazon for 4 months
The industrial setting is a complete 180 from the traditional setting.
I had to step out of my comfort zone.
I had to learn OSHA stuff and learn what I was able to do and what they wanted me to do.
From day one the IPS network at amazon has been extremely helpful. From onboarding to answering questions.
There is a six-month learning curve.
How did you get the job?
Amazon is the most customer centered company in the world.
Allan’s customers are the associates that fulfill orders.
Our “athletes” are our associates and getting them back into work.
You are dealing with professionals that can not afford to go home or “sit out”
They need to earn income.
What is good about being an Amazon AT?
Favorite thing: interactions with associates that make a difference.
- Collaborating with co-workers
- Great Benefits Package
- Opportunity for advancement
- Life Balance
Calling in sick – there is no sub, you just do not go to work.
Switching to the morning shift – may require moving to a different building.
Leadership roles – there are managerial roles in IPS, safety manager role, ergonomics role.
What is not so good?
There are a lot of people that have to approve things before changes can be made
Everything that happens in safety affects operations.
Amazon is hell-bent on safety.
In the Facebook Insights, it says women 2-10 years into the profession are the target audience. What specific advice would you give them?
What am I going to do now and what am I going to do when I have a family.
Amazon provides a great opportunity for you if you are starting a family. Maternity/paternity leave.
It is not a “boy's club”. Everyone has equal opportunity here.
If you love to help people you can help people here at Amazon too.
Amazon is thriving during the pandemic, does that impact you as an AT?
There are salary employees and hourly employees. At this point, I do not know what that looks like.
PhysicalTherapy.com is a great way to earn CEUs as an AT and be a better clinician. What are the skills you are improving on as an AT right now?
If you stop learning you are getting behind.
OSHA requirements are the biggest learning right now
Jeremy – Info@sportsmedicinebroadcast.com
These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:
Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.
MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs
PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free
Donate and get some swag (like patreon but for the school)
DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR
HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST
MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.
Marc Pro – Use “THESMB” to recover better.