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Nutritionist

– Nutritionist

To be a successful Nutritionist you should…

  • be interested in the relationship between nutrition and health
  • want the opportunity to help others
  • want to be a part of the health care team
  • like a diverse work environment
  • be interested in food, health promotion, disease prevention, and health care
  • have good communication skills

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What will my job be like?

g_nutrionistNutritionists promote health and the prevention of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension among groups and communities, through good food habits. Nutritionists carry out research and educational programs to help individuals, groups, and entire communities reduce their health risks through nutrition programs. Most nutritionists are also registered dietitians (RDs) with advanced education and/or experience.


Where could I work?

Nutritionists work for international, federal, state and local health agencies (such as public health departments), educational
settings, sports programs, and food/health-related industries.


What is the average annual salary?

$63,820


What is the future of this career?

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Nutritionists should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut – Nutritional Sciences, Storrs
  • University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Current certification as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or have taken CDR’s Registration Examination for Dietitians and hold an acceptable master’s or doctoral degree primarily focused on human nutrition or dietetics.


Where can I get more information?

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL   60606
800-877-1600

www.eatright.org