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
|Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD. Many states require certification.
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)
|None; contact each school individually.|
Academic Admission Requirements
|Variable depending on program.|
|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. |