an expert on diet and nutrition
Job Responsibilities and Duties of Nutritionists. Nutritionists, also known as dietitians, promote healthy eating habits by developing health plans and educating people about food. As a nutritionist, you'll help facilities, patients, and communities plan menus and nutritional programs.
o Median salary: $57,910 USD (2015)
o Median hourly rate: $27.84 USD (2015)
o Entry-level education: Bachelor's degree
o Work experience in related occupation: None
o On-the-job training: Internship/residency
Openings: 66,700 (2014)
• Hospitals; state, local, and private: 30%
• Government: 14%
• Nursing and residential care facilities: 10%
• Outpatient care centers: 8%
• Accommodation and food services: 5%
Most dietitians and nutritionists worked full time in 2014, although about 1 out of 4 worked part time. Self-employed dietitians have more flexibility in setting their schedules. They may work evenings and weekends so that they can meet with clients
Training and Education
Dietitians and nutritionists need at least a bachelor's degree. Licensure, certification, or registration requirements vary by State. Education and training. Becoming a dietitian or nutritionist usually requires at least a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area
This would take four years as a full-time student, provided you take the program as prescribed by the college or university
Experienced dietitians may advance to assistant, associate, or director of a dietetic department, or become self-employed. Some dietitians specialize in areas such as renal or pediatric dietetics. Others may leave the occupation to become sales representatives for equipment, pharmaceutical or food manufacturers
The 6 Benefits of Working with a Dietitian
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Motivation and Support
Analytical skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must keep up to date with the latest food and nutrition research. They should be able to interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice.
Compassion. Dietitians and nutritionists must be caring and empathetic when helping clients address health and dietary issues and any related emotions.
Listening skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must listen carefully to understand clients’ goals and concerns. They may work with other healthcare workers as part of a team to improve the health of a patient, and they need to listen to team members when constructing eating plans.
Organizational skills. Because there are many aspects to the work of dietitians and nutritionists, they should be able to stay organized. Management dietitians, for example, must consider the nutritional needs of their clients, the costs of meals, and access to food.
Problem-solving skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must evaluate the health status of patients and determine the most appropriate food choices for a client to improve his or her overall health or manage a disease.
Speaking skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must explain complicated topics in a way that people with less technical knowledge can understand. They must be able to clearly explain eating plans to clients and to other healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care.
Value, Trust, Individuality, Hard Work, Hard Work