A master's or doctorate degree in biochemistry or a related field and a nine-semester credit in nutrition are generally required for this position, and courses in certified nutrition may include nutrient courses, therapeutic nutrition courses, and pharmacology courses.
Certified nutritionists and dieticians may be accredited by organizations such as the Commission on Dietetic Registration. According to research, it is estimated that this career field with have twenty-percent more students by the year 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the salary of a certified nutritionist to be about $75,000 per year.
In the field of nutrition, dieticians and nutrition specialists work together to create healthy meal plans for places such as day centers and other medical facilities, and they work both with healthy people and those who are diabetics or may have other health issues. A typical work-day is long, structured, and focused heavily on meal plan preparation in medical facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes.
Certified Nutritionist Tasks
Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
Advise and counsel patients and their families on nutritional principles, diet modifications and food selection and preparation.
Analyze medical records and patient charts to assess nutritional needs.
Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient.