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Nutrition

Description

A nutrition professional or nutritionist is any person who specializes in food and nutrition. Some nutritionists have additional credentials, such as a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR), signifying they have completed an accredited training program and have passed a national registration exam. The specialist in nutrition usually has an undergraduate or graduate Degree in nutrition, food or related area of study. Many nutritionists may also complete advanced Degrees in nutrition and food science, counseling, education or public health.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Career Center
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN)
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
Become a Dietitian/Nutritionist
Careers in Dietetics FAQ
Careers in Human Nutrition/Dietetics
Clinical Dietitian Interview
Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Fact Sheet
Dietitian Career Guide
Dietitian Career Profile
Dietitian Career Profile Two
Dietitian Interview
Dietitian Overview
Dietitian and Nutritionist Occupational Outlook
The Journal of Nutrition
Nutrition/Dietetics Overview
Nutrition Notes Newsletter
The Nutrition Source
Registered Dietitian (RD) Fact Sheet
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Information Sessions

Degree

Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD. Many states require certification.

Program Length

Variable

Professional Schools' Organization

Accredited or Approved Education Programs for Careers as Registered Dietitians (RD) or Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR)
American Society for Nutrition Graduate Program Directory
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Nutrition/Dietetics Programs

Application Service

None; contact each school individually.

Academic Admission Requirements

Variable depending on program.

Admission Exam

No standard exam.

Personal Attributes & Experiences

A nutritionist may work in a variety of settings such as healthcare, public health, food companies, academia, health clubs/spas, schools, or government agencies. Nutritionists generally like learning how the body works and how to prevent disease through nutrition. They are motivated, independent, and innovative, and want to use their knowledge to solve problems and to help people.

Recommendation Letters

Individual letters.