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Nutritional Counseling Careers

What Does a Nutritional Counselor Do?

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Nutritional counseling professionals help clients to master one of the most important prerequisites for good health: a balanced diet. Whether patients hope to lose weight, compete in a triathlon or manage a chronic illness, their eating habits can mean the difference between failure and success. Nutritional counselors are experts of behavioral change and nutritional knowledge. They guide clients toward their goals by developing a plan that promotes healthy eating while also strengthening their clients’ motivation.

Nutrition counseling is generally provided by professionals such as registered dietitians, who are experts in food chemistry, disease process and physiology. Dietitians usually work in clinical settings such as hospitals or nursing homes developing individualized meal plans for patients. They oversee food service operations in institutional settings such as schools or correctional facilities. Dietitians also partner with private businesses aimed at the health market. Community agencies and government outreach programs often employ dietitians to educate the public about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating as well.

Professionals who offer nutritional counseling but do not have training as a registered dietitian are sometimes known as “nutritionists”. Often, nutritionists have basic training in a niche area such as fitness, herbology or holistic nutrition. While these professionals typically don’t have the credentials necessary to bill insurance for their services, they may be able to provide advice in a small niche area that another professional could not. Another option is to become a certified nutrition specialist, a professional who holds advanced degrees and relies more exclusively on evidence-based practices, as Dietitians do.

Many physicians, nurses, chiropractors, and pharmacists receive education in nutrition as part of their training and offer nutritional advice along with their care. However, they are not qualified to test for the Registered Dietitian credential.

Nutritional counselors of all backgrounds provide an important service for patients, caregivers and society. Their work helps to prevent and alleviate suffering due to illness; improve quality of life; and even extend patients’ lifespans. Nutritional counseling plays an important role in preventing chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, which currently account for 75% of health care spending. New research is also showing that certain diets can even help to reverse these conditions when patients stick to the plan. This underscores the importance of nutritional counselors in helping patient populations confront their conditions.

Workplace Details

Many nutritional counselors are employed full-time in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient care centers. As the field of “health coaching” grows, nutritional counselors are also finding opportunities to work for health insurance companies, on job sites for employee health and with governmental organizations to form public policies.

In 2012, about 11% of nutrition professionals worked as self-employed consultants in various sectors. Dietitians and certified nutrition specialists with advanced degrees have the option to teach at the university level or conduct research.

Nutrition professionals who work in medical centers have the greatest stability and job security. Those in private practice have more freedom to set their own schedules, but often have to spend time marketing their services.

Salary and Job Outlook

State
Average Wage
California
$71430
New York
$64900
Texas
$59010
Florida
$57430
Pennsylvania
$56300

Hover over any state to explore local income and job growth data.

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ALABAMA

Median Salary: 
$50,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Birmingham$27,660$47,080$66,700
Huntsville$40,260$53,890$73,740

ALASKA

Median Salary: 
$69,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $50,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $90,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 9%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Anchorage$52,690$69,850$93,820
Fairbanks$45,600$69,680$77,760

ARIZONA

Median Salary: 
$53,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Phoenix$28,030$52,480$74,310
Tuscon$36,970$55,820$84,240

ARKANSAS

Median Salary: 
$51,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Little Rock$34,150$51,020$72,220
Fort Smith$34,570$52,540$70,280

CALIFORNIA

Median Salary: 
$72,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $47,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $98,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 210

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Los Angeles$51,860$73,210$95,930
San Francisco Bay$37,930$83,190$114,210
San Diego$44,820$67,970$88,400
Sacramento$51,500$74,260$98,320

COLORADO

Median Salary: 
$58,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $41,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $79,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 31%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Denver$43,400$59,500$87,180
Colorado Springs$40,490$58,560$75,470

CONNECTICUT

Median Salary: 
$64,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $39,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $84,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Hartford$41,490$60,720$79,360
Bridgeport$30,160$65,840$86,320
New Haven$47,900$69,090$96,260

DELAWARE

Median Salary: 
$61,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wilmington$39,410$59,880$81,210

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Median Salary: 
$60,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $30,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $87,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Washington DC$30,120$59,520$96,650

FLORIDA

Median Salary: 
$55,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 21%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Miami$34,120$57,220$84,120
Orlando$31,260$53,370$74,760
Tampa$37,010$55,280$81,900
Jacksonville$35,310$48,630$68,840

GEORGIA

Median Salary: 
$50,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $19,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 21%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Atlanta$35,230$55,020$80,470
Augusta$16,110$21,170$70,440

HAWAII

Median Salary: 
$65,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $45,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Honolulu$45,350$65,680$81,390

IDAHO

Median Salary: 
$51,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,000

Job Growth Data Not Available

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boise$33,760$51,070$73,430

ILLINOIS

Median Salary: 
$57,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Chicago$37,240$59,320$80,260
Rockford$23,230$53,720$74,240

INDIANA

Median Salary: 
$53,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Indianapolis$29,190$54,650$76,150
South Bend$42,060$54,080$66,260
Fort Wayne$41,800$53,280$76,130

IOWA

Median Salary: 
$53,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $40,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Des Moines$40,190$49,580$72,760
Cedar Rapids$41,160$54,260$69,400

KANSAS

Median Salary: 
$54,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 9%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wichita$36,080$57,240$85,940
Kansas City$34,820$52,750$73,190

KENTUCKY

Median Salary: 
$53,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $39,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 31%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Louisville$41,060$54,150$72,510
Lexington$41,490$55,360$72,770

LOUISIANA

Median Salary: 
$49,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New Orleans$36,680$55,890$76,650
Baton Rouge$17,360$44,130$70,910
Lafayette$31,330$44,860$61,450

MAINE

Median Salary: 
$57,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $37,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 12%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$36,840$57,670$78,040

MARYLAND

Median Salary: 
$62,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $93,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 27%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Baltimore$41,460$64,780$87,450
Frederick$31,870$58,290$100,370

MASSACHUSETTS

Median Salary: 
$59,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $86,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boston$42,480$61,070$89,820
Worcester$35,970$54,250$74,530
Springfield$44,170$60,790$79,160

MICHIGAN

Median Salary: 
$54,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $39,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 11%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Detroit$40,660$54,000$69,200
Grand Rapids$40,720$55,490$74,090

MINNESOTA

Median Salary: 
$58,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $42,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Minneapolis - St. Paul$42,040$57,600$77,010
Rochester$46,500$61,250$76,290

MISSISSIPPI

Median Salary: 
$44,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Jackson$31,560$48,760$70,290
Gulfport$24,880$59,960$77,220

MISSOURI

Median Salary: 
$47,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $20,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $70,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
St. Louis$18,220$47,920$72,240
Kansas City$34,820$52,750$73,190

MONTANA

Median Salary: 
$46,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $70,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Missoula$27,710$41,080$59,920

NEBRASKA

Median Salary: 
$53,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $37,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Omaha$40,720$56,100$74,180
Lincoln$30,940$49,510$61,970

NEVADA

Median Salary: 
$64,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $41,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Las Vegas$43,620$64,640$82,950
Reno$30,720$58,630$76,150

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Median Salary: 
$66,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $47,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Manchester$54,860$69,860$80,960
Nashua$41,260$55,460$75,180

NEW JERSEY

Median Salary: 
$65,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $47,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $85,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Newark$51,570$67,620$85,080
Trenton$39,890$68,260$92,580

NEW MEXICO

Median Salary: 
$49,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 12%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Albuquerque$39,180$56,220$77,250
Las Cruces$32,240$45,450$76,110

NEW YORK

Median Salary: 
$61,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $42,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $86,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 140

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New York City$45,420$64,120$89,710
Buffalo$36,520$59,070$76,630
Rochester$40,560$56,230$77,390
Albany$40,520$60,730$90,630

NORTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$51,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $71,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Charlotte$30,390$48,750$63,530
Raleigh$39,010$55,280$75,580
Greensboro$30,810$47,470$62,100
Winston - Salem$37,410$50,730$64,720

NORTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$51,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $37,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $70,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Fargo$35,220$48,880$69,050
Bismarck$41,890$53,810$64,770

OHIO

Median Salary: 
$56,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $40,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Cleveland$35,770$56,970$77,010
Columbus$40,700$55,310$77,400
Cincinnati$42,410$57,080$77,240
Dayton$40,990$54,620$77,150

OKLAHOMA

Median Salary: 
$52,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Oklahoma City$36,730$54,990$74,390
Tulsa$36,690$52,140$73,310

OREGON

Median Salary: 
$66,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $44,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $85,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$49,960$69,770$92,670
Salem$42,380$59,520$74,920

PENNSYLVANIA

Median Salary: 
$55,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $30,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 80

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Philadelphia$28,040$61,300$81,110
Pittsburgh$38,090$50,700$69,780
Harrisburg$28,940$54,060$76,960
Allentown$42,780$58,910$79,320

RHODE ISLAND

Median Salary: 
$65,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $84,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 11%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Providence$33,990$63,880$84,010

SOUTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$47,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $25,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $69,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 12%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Greenville$29,060$46,760$67,940
Columbia$29,950$53,650$72,210
Charleston$21,110$44,350$70,290

SOUTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$52,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $39,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 7%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Rapid City$42,360$55,670$72,240

TENNESSEE

Median Salary: 
$52,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $74,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 24%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Nashville$40,790$50,980$72,550
Memphis$41,600$55,500$76,150
Knoxville$38,530$52,570$72,670
Chattanooga$34,790$51,500$71,560

TEXAS

Median Salary: 
$56,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 29%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 160

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Dallas - Ft. Worth$41,740$57,010$78,000
Houston$39,880$58,720$77,990
San Antonio$30,890$57,010$75,550
Austin$34,480$54,570$78,260

UTAH

Median Salary: 
$45,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 32%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Salt Lake City$27,380$46,340$72,040
Ogden$28,690$41,580$71,470

VERMONT

Salary Data Not Available

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Burlington$43,950$59,470$85,950

VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$54,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Virginia Beach$27,620$50,730$64,180
Richmond$40,950$63,140$78,280

WASHINGTON

Median Salary: 
$64,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $44,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $83,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Seattle$49,920$66,940$87,730
Spokane$40,620$58,870$78,240

WEST VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$55,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $82,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Huntington$27,200$54,480$83,480
Charleston$34,530$54,130$108,560

WISCONSIN

Median Salary: 
$55,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $74,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 7%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Milwaukee$41,840$57,610$75,980
Madison$26,740$55,950$78,190

WYOMING

Median Salary: 
$60,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $22,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the median salary for dietitians and nutritionists is $28.33 hourly and $58,920 yearly. The highest salaries of $82,410 and higher are often seen among dietitians working in food management and business settings.

The future looks bright as well; the BLS reports that employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow by 16% from 2014-2024, a faster rate than the average for all occupations.

Compare Salaries by City

New York City NY Median Pay

$64120 Per Year

$30.82 Per Hour

Los Angeles CA Median Pay

$73210 Per Year

$35.19 Per Hour

Steps to Become a Nutritional Counselor

1

Earn at least a bachelor's degree.

Most nutritional counselors hold (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, nutrition or food service management. Regardless of the major you choose, you’ll need in-depth knowledge of nutrition, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, human biology, biochemistry and microbiology to serve clients effectively and meet licensure and credentialing requirements.

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Students interested in working in clinical settings as registered dietitians must first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics maintains a list of approved institutions on its website. More job information can also be found through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Nutritional counselors typically undergo several hundred hours of supervised clinical experience. Most bachelor’s degree programs in nutritional science include an extended internship that fulfills this requirement. The internship requirements include completing supervised hours in medical practice, community care and often food service as well.

Earning a master’s degree or doctorate in nutritional science can greatly increase your job prospects and opportunities for advancement.

2

Get certified.

A number of certifications are available for nutrition professionals:

  • Registered dietitians (RDs) are certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This credential is strongly preferred by employers and recommended for professionals who wish to practice in clinical and acute care settings.
  • Certified nutrition specialists (CNSs) generally hold advanced degrees in nutrition or another health discipline and are credentialed by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
  • The certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) credential is administered by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB)

3

Find out if you need licensure.

Many states require licensure of practicing dietitians and nutritionists as well, which requires a separate state qualification. This licensure mandate is expected to spread to all states in the future.

4

Advance your career.

Earning a graduate degree in the field often increases a nutrition professional’s earnings, opening up opportunities for advancement as a professor, researcher or independent consultant.

Keys to Success as a Nutritional Counselor

Necessary Skills and Qualities

Keeping organized

Nutritional counseling requires excellent organizational and analytical skills.

Communication

These professionals must be able to listen and communicate effectively with patients, caretakers and other members of the treatment team.

Patience and compassion

Encouraging behavior change in lifelong dietary habits can be difficult, so nutritional counselors must have abundant patience and empathy in order to earn patients’ trust and convince them to try new regimens and behaviors.

Additional Credentials

Nutritional counselors are heavily encouraged to receive training in behavior change counseling techniques such as motivational interviewing, as well as positive behavior support. These tools are essential in helping a patient/client identify motivations and make successful change.

Dylan Jones, MS RD, CD, CES

Dylan Jones is a registered dietitian and clinical exercise specialist in the Pacific Northwest. He works in long-term care and bariatric settings, helping radically change the health of patients through whole food interventions and reducing reliance on medications. He also partners with private business owners to launch health programs around the globe. Dylan’s mission is to re-cultivate the philosophy that food and exercise are medicine. These simple concepts are ones that a majority of the world’s cultures know and use for good health. For questions, Dylan can be reached through his website at JonesHealthCorner.com.

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