Nutritionist

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Nutritionists are very similar to dietitians, in that they use the principles of nutrition to help people maintain their health and form and promote healthy eating habits. They may also plan menus and oversee kitchens and cafeterias in schools, hospitals, and businesses, or work one-on-one with clients in order to help them meet personal weight and/or nutritional goals.

Nutritionists mainly work in medical centers, clinics, colleges and universities, schools, public health centers, business and industry, or in private practice. They may also work for whole foods or supplement companies, or put their knowledge to work through writing books and manuals about nutrition. The outlook for this career is good, as it will grow at an average rate comparable to other occupations. The need for clinical-based nutritionists will likely decrease, however, and those with private practices will increase. Most nutritionists work a regular work week, but many, such as those employed in hospitals or by foodservice industries, may work weekends and/or unusual hours. Nutritionists can earn anywhere from $1,800 to 4,000 per month, depending on experience and type of employment.

There are several levels and certifications of nutritionists. To become a Certified Nutrition Specialist, or CNS, one must obtain an advanced degree, masters or doctoral level, from an accredited institution in the field of nutrition. The CNS must complete either 1,000 hours of supervised professional experience in nutritional related activities or 4,000 hours of independent experience as a professional nutritionist in the capacity of dietitian, nutrition researcher, or public policy nutritionist. A Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) requires a bachelor's degree or advanced medical degree and is issued by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. One can also become a Certified Nutritionist (CN) through an 18 to 24 month course study, which may be taken on the Internet.

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In 2018, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
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