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.

School/WebsiteAddress
Abilene Christian UniversityAbilene, Texas 79699
Adelphi UniversitySouth Ave, Garden City, New York 11530-0701
Andrews University4150 Administration Drive, Room 136, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Butler County Community College107 College Drive, Butler, Pennsylvania 16002
Camden County College200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Central Arizona College8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030
College of Saint Elizabeth2 Convent Rd, Morristown, New Jersey 07960-6989
Community College of Allegheny County800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895
Cox College1423 N Jefferson, Springfield, Missouri 65802-1917
CUNY Brooklyn College2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11210
East Tennessee State University1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
Florida State University222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037
George Mason University4400 University Dr, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Grand Valley State University1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
Immaculata University1145 King Road, Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Kent State University at KentExecutive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
LIU Post720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, New York 11548-1327
Logan University1851 Schoettler Rd, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Loma Linda University11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, California 92350
Loyola University Chicago1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60660
Madonna University36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania5 Swan Street, Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
Maryland University of Integrative Health7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723
Marywood University2300 Adams Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-1598
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences200 First St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905
Meredith College3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607-5298
Messiah CollegeOne College Ave, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
National University of Natural Medicine049 SW Porter Street, Portland, Oregon 97201-4848
New York Chiropractic College2360 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, New York 13148-0800
Nicholls State UniversityUniversity Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
North Shore Community College1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923-0840
Northwestern Health Sciences University2501 W 84th St, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
Ocean County CollegeCollege Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2001
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195
Oregon Health & Science University3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, Oregon 97239-3098
Purdue University Global-Augusta14 Marketplace Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330
Purdue University Global-Cedar Falls7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Purdue University Global-Cedar Rapids3165 Edgewood Parkway SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Purdue University Global-Davenport1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1, Davenport, Iowa 52807-2095
Purdue University Global-Hagerstown18618 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742
Purdue University Global-Indianapolis9000 Keystone Crossing, Suite 800, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-0000
Purdue University Global-Lewiston475 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240-0000
Purdue University Global-Lincoln1821 K Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Purdue University Global-Milwaukee201 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-2303
Purdue University Global-Omaha5425 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134-1002
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064-3095
Rutgers University-New Brunswick83 Somerset St, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1281
Saint Louis UniversityOne North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097
Siena Heights University1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Michigan 49221
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleIl State Rte 157, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1259
Southern Maine Community College2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698
Stony Brook University310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, New York 11794
SUNY College at Plattsburgh101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
SUNY Oneonta108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, New York 13820-4015
Texas Christian University2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76129
The University of Texas Medical Branch301 University Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77555-0129
Universidad del TuraboCarr. # 189 Km 3.3, Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778-3030
University at Buffalo12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260-1660
University of Alabama at BirminghamAdministration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
University of Connecticut352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269
University of KansasStrong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
University of MemphisSouthern Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38152
University of MiamiUniversity of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33146
University of North Dakota264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75390-9096
University of Washington-Seattle Campus1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
University of Western States2900 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97230-3099
Walla Walla University204 S College Ave, College Place, Washington 99324-1198
Western Michigan University1903 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.

Taking the CDR Exam

The CDR exam is given by Pearson Vue. See all the details of the exam here.

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:
Hospitals 30%
Government 14%
Outpatient care 10%
Nursing/residential care 9%
Self-employed 6%

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

StateAvg HourlyAvg. Salary
Alabama$22.45$46,700
Alaska$30.05$62,500
Arizona$23.13$48,100
Arkansas$23.56$49,000
California$34.57$71,900
Colorado$25.96$54,000
Connecticut$30.67$63,800
Delaware$28.13$58,500
District of Columbia$26.68$55,500
Florida$25.96$54,000
Georgia$24.33$50,600
Hawaii$30.87$64,200
Idaho$25.14$52,300
Illinois$24.86$51,700
Indiana$24.62$51,200
Iowa$25.29$52,600
Kansas$26.11$54,300
Kentucky$24.33$50,600
Louisiana$23.46$48,800
Maine$25.96$54,000
Maryland$30.82$64,100
Massachusetts$28.99$60,300
Michigan$25.19$52,400
Minnesota$26.78$55,700
Mississippi$23.75$49,400
Missouri$22.98$47,800
Montana$23.70$49,300
Nebraska$25.58$53,200
Nevada$33.94$70,600
New Hampshire$28.61$59,500
New Jersey$30.24$62,900
New Mexico$24.18$50,300
New York$29.18$60,700
North Carolina$24.23$50,400
North Dakota$24.57$51,100
Ohio$26.06$54,200
Oklahoma$23.46$48,800
Oregon$29.42$61,200
Pennsylvania$22.93$47,700
Rhode Island$29.90$62,200
South Carolina$22.26$46,300
South Dakota$24.95$51,900
Tennessee$24.33$50,600
Texas$26.39$54,900
Utah$21.88$45,500
Vermont$27.79$57,800
Virginia$26.20$54,500
Washington$29.76$61,900
West Virginia$25.05$52,100
Wisconsin$25.53$53,100
Wyoming$26.06$54,200

Source: www.bls.gov

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
Hospitals $60,210
Government $57,910
Nursing care facility $57,020
Source: www.bls.gov

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.

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