If you are looking at becoming a nutritionist or dietitian, we have all the data and information for you to get started today! From start to finish we cover the steps for you to get in to this growing allied health career. In the article below we will cover the details of the career as a whole and what the exact steps are to get in to the profession. We will walk you through what the job is, all the way to finding a job and what the future holds for the career.
What does a Nutritionist and Dietitian do?
People go to a dietitian and a nutritionist because they are experts food use and overall nutritional health. They will also advise patients on how to reach a health related goal with healthy eating habits and lifestyle. We will get in to the details of the job below.
Below we cover in detail what the core functions of dietitians and nutritionists are:
Assess patient nutritional/health needs
Counsel patients healthy eating habits and nutrition
Educate patients on healthy food choices
Develop meal and nutrition plans
Document patient progress
Evaluate meal plan effects
Stay up on the latest nutritional science research
What is the process to become a Nutritionist?
Follow the steps listed below to get on the career path to success as a dietitian and nutritionist:
Enroll in accredited program
Complete required hours of training
Pass certification exam
Find a job as a nutritionist or dietitian
Select an Accredited Program
If you are going to be a nutritionist or a dietitian, you will need to select an accredited program. To make this choice easier go to this link here and search the database of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. FOr internship information see their guide here.
Nutritionists and dietitians need a bachelor’s degree in either dietetics, foods and nutrition or a related area. If All dietitians may also study food service systems management. A bachelors degree is the minimum level of study for eligibility for the career. In fact, most dietitians and nutritionists have advanced degrees (master’s degrees). Dietitians/nutritionists, in most cases, receive hundreds of hours of supervised training. Commonly done in the form of of an internship. Check with your perspective school to see if programs exist for supervised training while studying in your program.
What are the Best Nutritionist Schools?
Below is a list of what we consider the best options for nutritionist and dietitian training.
|Abilene Christian University||Abilene, Texas 79699|
|Adelphi University||South Ave, Garden City, New York 11530-0701|
|Andrews University||4150 Administration Drive, Room 136, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104|
|Bowling Green State University-Main Campus||220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403|
|Butler County Community College||107 College Drive, Butler, Pennsylvania 16002|
|Camden County College||200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012|
|Central Arizona College||8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030|
|College of Saint Elizabeth||2 Convent Rd, Morristown, New Jersey 07960-6989|
|Community College of Allegheny County||800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895|
|Cox College||1423 N Jefferson, Springfield, Missouri 65802-1917|
|CUNY Brooklyn College||2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11210|
|East Tennessee State University||1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614|
|Florida State University||222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037|
|George Mason University||4400 University Dr, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444|
|Grand Valley State University||1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403|
|Immaculata University||1145 King Road, Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale||1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309|
|Kent State University at Kent||Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001|
|LIU Post||720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, New York 11548-1327|
|Logan University||1851 Schoettler Rd, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017|
|Loma Linda University||11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, California 92350|
|Loyola University Chicago||1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60660|
|Madonna University||36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||5 Swan Street, Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933|
|Maryland University of Integrative Health||7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723|
|Marywood University||2300 Adams Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-1598|
|Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences||200 First St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905|
|Meredith College||3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607-5298|
|Messiah College||One College Ave, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055|
|National University of Natural Medicine||049 SW Porter Street, Portland, Oregon 97201-4848|
|New York Chiropractic College||2360 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, New York 13148-0800|
|Nicholls State University||University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310|
|North Shore Community College||1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923-0840|
|Northwestern Health Sciences University||2501 W 84th St, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431|
|Ocean County College||College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2001|
|Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City||900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195|
|Oregon Health & Science University||3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, Oregon 97239-3098|
|Purdue University Global-Augusta||14 Marketplace Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330|
|Purdue University Global-Cedar Falls||7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613|
|Purdue University Global-Cedar Rapids||3165 Edgewood Parkway SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404|
|Purdue University Global-Davenport||1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1, Davenport, Iowa 52807-2095|
|Purdue University Global-Hagerstown||18618 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742|
|Purdue University Global-Indianapolis||9000 Keystone Crossing, Suite 800, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-0000|
|Purdue University Global-Lewiston||475 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240-0000|
|Purdue University Global-Lincoln||1821 K Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508|
|Purdue University Global-Milwaukee||201 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-2303|
|Purdue University Global-Omaha||5425 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134-1002|
|Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science||3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064-3095|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick||83 Somerset St, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1281|
|Saint Louis University||One North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097|
|Siena Heights University||1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Michigan 49221|
|Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville||Il State Rte 157, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1259|
|Southern Maine Community College||2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698|
|Stony Brook University||310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, New York 11794|
|SUNY College at Plattsburgh||101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681|
|SUNY Oneonta||108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, New York 13820-4015|
|Texas Christian University||2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76129|
|The University of Texas Medical Branch||301 University Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77555-0129|
|Universidad del Turabo||Carr. # 189 Km 3.3, Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778-3030|
|University at Buffalo||12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260-1660|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110|
|University of Connecticut||352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269|
|University of Kansas||Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, Kansas 66045|
|University of Memphis||Southern Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38152|
|University of Miami||University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33146|
|University of North Dakota||264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260|
|University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center||5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75390-9096|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98195-4550|
|University of Western States||2900 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97230-3099|
|Walla Walla University||204 S College Ave, College Place, Washington 99324-1198|
|Western Michigan University||1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5200|
Complete accredited program and state-required hours
Being eligible for the RDN requires that all dietitian/nutritionists have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a Dietetic Internship (DI). This will include a minimum 1,200 hours of experience. Both these criteria can be completed in the training program of your choice before your internship. Programs must be accredited by the (ACEND) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. To maintain your RDN credential, all dietitians/nutritionists must complete 75 continuing education credits every five years.
Get your RDN Certification
The RDN exam is given by Pearson Vue and the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The exam is how nutritionists and dietitians get certified for their careers. It is not mandated by law but more and more employers every year. Pearson VUE is the CDR’s testing vendor for the entry-level exams. Register for the test, pay the fee and you will be ready to take the exam.
Finding a job as a Nutritionist
Finding a job as a nutritionist is easier when you earn your (RDN) Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential. The credential will earn your more money get you noticed above those who just have their degrees. Many employers prefer and even require the credential for hiring but in cases where it is not required, candidates will be ahead of the game if they do have it.
Where do Nutritionist and Dietitians Work?
Below we list the percentages of where nutritionists and dietitians work:
Outpatient care 10%
Nursing/residential care 9%
About Nutritionist salary
With the growth for the career higher than the national allied health career average the time could not be better to get in to the career of being a dietitian or nutritionist. Below we cover all the details of the pay and salary.
What is the average salary for a Nutritionist/Dietitian?
The average hourly pay and salary is $28.56 per hour and $59,410 per year.
Nutritionist and Dietitian salary by state
|State||Avg Hourly||Avg. Salary|
|District of Columbia||$26.68||$55,500|
Nutritionist Salary by employer type
As of May 2017, the average wages for nutritionists and dietitians for where they worked were as listed below:
Outpatient care center $65,650
Nursing care facility $57,020
What is the job outlook for Nutritionist?
The projected employment of dietitians and nutritionists is predicted to grow 15% over the next decade according to bls.gov’s latest data. This is higher than the national average for allied health careers and is due to many factors. The most important factor is the population of the United States being more interested in their health and nutrition. This is a growing trend that has a direct impact on the demand for dietitians and nutritionists.