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For those who are looking for a career in the Health and Wellness field, becoming a Dietitian or a Nutritionist can be both lucrative and rewarding. Often the two terms are used interchangeably but they actually are two different jobs. A Dietitian may be defined as 1) an expert in nutrition and 2) one who advises people on healthy eating and lifestyle, to achieve a health related goal. A Registered Dietitian must meet requirements academically ,including a bachelor’s degree in an accredited program, a passed state exam, and an internship in an approved healthcare facility. Requirements vary from state to state and country to country so those who are interested would do well to write and to visit a number of colleges and then decide what specialty area they are most interested in.
Clinical Dietitians work in hospitals, and nursing care facilities. Community Dietitians work in wellness programs and public health agencies. Food Service Dietitians are responsible for large food planning and service in prisons, restaurants, and school cafeterias. Gerontological Dietitians specialize in nutrition as it applies to the elderly. They may work in nursing home facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies. Neonatal Dietitians work with the nutritional needs of premature and often critically ill newborns. They are often considered part of a Neonatal Intensive Care Team. They can also work in Pediatrics, in research, management positions and as consultants to businesses or under contract or in private practice.
So how do they vary from the Nutritionist?
A Nutritionist may be defined as one who advises on matter of diet and health. Because it is not strictly regulated by all states uniformly, the two definitions do overlap. However, one school offered this quote… “All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians.” Therefore, the best training will come from qualified schools or colleges that offer accredited programs that will best prepare you for any specialty area you desire.
According to the B.L.S., jobs for Nutritionists are expected to grow 21% through 2022, and the National average for all jobs for the same period is 11%.
A search has shown that there are many accredited colleges, many with on-line curriculums. Only by researching what each program has to offer can a choice be made. Some examples:
The American College of Healthcare Sciences, the first college that I spoke with, quoted $460 per credit hour for post graduate classes, and $315 for undergrads. They offer Holistic Nutrition and other holistic courses. They rank as one of the top 15% military friendly schools in the U.S.
Kaplan University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and focuses on pharmacology and the principles of nutrition, and dietary choices can create a healthier lifestyle,also they instill an understanding of food metabolism in their students. This is a four year course, and it is taught on-line. As with pretty much any other school, financial aid is available. They have a special military program and benefits. The tuition is $371 per credit, but your books are included in this fee. There is no need to go to the campus, as the whole course is taught on-line.
Pacific Rim College of complementary and Integrative Medicine also has on-line classes. They offer a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. It is a six semester program that studies the medicinal use of North American and European herbs. The program is comprised of both theoretical and practical studies. It is possible to obtain a Dual Degree of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition. It is a 5 year program that combines the Diploma of Phytotherapy with the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. Among their other offerings is a 4 month program that introduces its students to the world of plants and their medicinal use within various cultures.
Arizona State University offers an Online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program. This is a four-year program (120 credit hours) and the tuition per credit hour is $709. All books and materials are included in the program and everything is online. Arizona State University’s online bachelor of science in nutrition prepares students for careers in food production, service management, marketing and journalism around health and wellness topics.
Arizona State University offers an Online Master of Science in Nutrition Dietetics program. This is a one-year program (30 credit hours) and the tuition per credit hour is $766. All books and materials are included in the program and everything is online. The online MS in Nutrition (Dietetics) is based on scientific foundations of nutrition and reinforces essential skills in project management, interpretation of research literature, critical inquiry and problem-solving. Offered by ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, this non-thesis program is available only to registered dietitians with at least one year of experience.
There are a wide range of schools, colleges and programs for Dietitians and Nutritionists. It is a field of study that can be lucrative, yes, but most importantly, with it, one can educate others to avoid serious health problems, and possibly live longer, happier lives. An incredible return on your investment.
Nutrition — and nutritionists — have been making headlines the world over, as of late. Many have even achieved the status of celebrity. Although the term (and the profession itself) are currently in vogue, the vocation has been around for years, and while trends always tend to die down after a few years, it seems as if that isn’t going to stop the celebrity power of these 12 popular nutritionists and their star power.
1. Dr. Mehmet Oz
Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, received his start in the field of nutrition while earning a MD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has been a faculty member at Columbia University’s Department of Surgery since 2001. However, most people are not familiar with Dr. Oz’s academic credentials. They know him from his multiple recurring appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live. Since 2009, Dr. Oz has hosted his own wildly popular television show, The Dr. Oz Show, which addresses matters of nutrition to a popular audience.
2. Christine Avanti
Christine Avanti is largely known for her best selling book Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salad, a practical guide to eating healthy foods without sacrificing nutrients that many carb-heavy meals provide. She was also co-host of Food Network’s 2012 television offering, Fat Chef.
3. Ian Marber
Taking an interest in nutrition after being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 1993, Ian Marber become a household name in the UK as The Food Doctor. 1999 saw Marber publish his best selling book The Food Doctor: Healing Foods For the Mind and Body, which has since sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into six languages. Marber has appeared on numerous television shows, including the BBC’s Richard and Judy and his own program with the Discovery Channel’s The A-List Diet.
4. Dr. Andrew Weil
In 1968, Andrew Weil earned his M.D. from Harvard University and made a decision that would forever change his life — and the way that the general public views their own nutrition — by moving to San Francisco. There, Weil learned about alternative medicines and attempted to integrate them into more conventional Western manners of healing. On popular shows like Larry King Live and Oprah, Weil has supported a diet that includes organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish.
5. Kim Snyder
This young gun is considered nutritionist to the stars. After graduating from Georgetown University, Kim Snyder spent a considerable amount of time abroad, learning nutrition techniques from various non-Western cultures. She is now a best-selling author and regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America.
6. Dr. Arthur Agatston
One of the most well-known, but most controversial name, in the industry of nutrition, Dr. Arthur Agatston is famous (and notorious) as the creator of the South Beach Diet. After earning an M.D. from New York University in 1973, Agatston went on to publish his most popular piece in 2003, inciting thousands across the globe to take on a high fiber diet and perhaps even more to describe his findings as a fad.
7. Joy Bauer
Although she holds an academic pedigree that includes a degree in nutrition from New York University and a position at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Joy Bauer will forever be remembered by the public as The Today Show’s resident nutritionist. She also is a best selling author, publishing books on nutrition such as Joy’s LIFE Diet and Food Cures.
8. Cynthia Pasquella
This nutritionist actually grew up in extreme poverty. In fact, her family was so destitute that they could not afford in-door plumbing. Although now she is referred to as the “Hungry Hottie”, during her time spent as an impoverished youth, Cynthia developed poor eating habits, during which time she became overweight. Cynthia eventually developed a sustainable diet, which she has passed onto others through outlets such as The Today Show and Dr. Phil.
9. Susan Powter
Although mainly recognized for her signature platinum blonde buzzcut and catchphrase, “Stop the insanity!”, Susan Powter was an early celebrity success in the world of fitness. In the 1990s, this Australian ex-pat was the host of her own television show, a best-selling author and very popular on the motivational speaker circuit.
10. Lisa DeFazio
Hollywood born and raised, this nutritionist got her start working for Madonna as a script writer. Soon thereafter, she became interested in all matters of health, especially nutrition, and earned a Master’s in Nutritional Science from California State University. You may recognize Ms. DeFazio as a special correspondent on Perez Hilton’s website, as well as regular columns in magazines such as Vogue.
11. Mike Dolce
For Ultimate Fighting Championship fans, Mike Dolce is a name that will be entirely familiar. Dolce is a top notch fighter in top notch shape. That’s why he has developed a method to lose a great deal of body fat and still have plenty of energy to spare. As a nutritionist, Dolce has taken the blogosphere by storm, with his methods making the rounds via forwarded emails and blog comments galore.
12. Dr. Mark Hyman
Not only is Dr. Mark Hyman a practicing physician and 8 time New York Times best-selling author, he’s also a bonafide celebrity. Dr. Hyman’s matter-of-fact nutritional tips and lifestyle hints have been wildly popular since he started appearing on Dr. Oz’s television show. His everyman demeanor and happy-go-lucky attitude have charmed people into a life of healthy nutrition!
Becoming a nutritionist provides you a wide field of opportunities with a quite a few majors to choose from. An educated nutritionist can work in many fields from sports to education to nutrition counseling among other specifications. Earning a Bachelor’s degree is your best bet in making a decent living, but there are more opportunities to those who continue towards a Master’s Degree. Nevertheless, a Bachelor’s will allow you to earn a good paying job in the field for the most part.
If you plan on working in locations such as public schools, nursing homes, cafeterias, small businesses, or being self-employed, a Bachelor’s degree is normally required (or highly recommended). Four of the most common majors for undergraduates are dietetics, clinical nutrition, food & nutrition, and food service systems management. Some recommended classes to take would include any of the following:
- Food Science
- Nutrition Education
- Food Service Administration
- Lifecycle Nutrition
- Nutrition Counseling
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Dietary Systems Management
- Community Nutrition
Upon finishing up your degree you will need to complete a certification or license depending on the state you live in. This will require an internship and exam.
This will require a full six years of courses and training in the field of nutrition. Some popular advanced degrees include holistic nutrition, medical nutrition, and sports nutrition. A Master’s will open more doors and more opportunities to earn a higher salary. You can of course be self-employed with a Masters but you would in most cases be able to earn a lot more in a specialized nutritionist position where the barrier to entry is much tougher.
It’s highly recommended to obtain professional registration through the American Dietetic Association. This is an important part of becoming a nutritionist as you will be able to tell your customers or potential employer that you are not only certified but also registered. This will require you to complete a degree, complete a state exam, and finish up an internship working for various companies that will allow you to learn about becoming a part of the food service system management, community nutrition, or clinical nutrition.
There are other types of majors you may consider when becoming a nutritionist:
- Biochemistry – you will find chemistry related jobs and pharmacies to name a few.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy – this allows you to work in hospitals and clinics.
- Public Health and Education – jobs in schools and recreation centers can be found with this major.
- Molecular Toxicology – you can work in the field of community and environmental health such as food and drug testing.
- Life Cycle Nutrition – working in hospitals, assistant living, and colleges are places you can work with this major.
All of these choices will allow you to work for a public facility or a private business. Either way, you will have many opportunities to find the type of job that you really want as there are literally dozens of ways to branch out once your education is complete.
If you love food, and you love helping people make better food choices, becoming a Nutritionist might be a good fit for you. Before you decide to jump right in to the journey, consider these important things about the nutritionist career.
Who Makes a Good Nutritionist?
Nutritionists help people learn how to eat more healthy in their day to day lives. They act as food “coaches” and food educators to people who have a desire to change their life one meal at a time. Though there is no special education requirement to utilize the word “nutritionist” in your title, you will want to take courses in healthy eating and nutrition and have a thorough understanding of the science behind good food choices in order to best help your clients.
Having a friendly personality and enjoying spending your time around a variety of types of people is a plus when in the nutritionist career field. Because you will spend the majority of your working day with people, if you prefer keeping to yourself this job may not be for you.
Where Do Nutritionists Work?
Some nutritionists own their own businesses helping people learn to eat better and live more healthy lives. Other, specially educated and trained nutritionists called Registered Dietitians, work in hospitals and other professional medical environments. Some nutritionists choose to work for non profit organizations, health food companies, or in the corporate world. It’s important to have a good idea of where you would like to work so that you can gear your training and education in the direction of that chosen setting.
Typical Working Hours
The nutritionist has a variety of working hours, depending on their career setting. They may work:
- The hours that they choose when they open their own business.
- Normal business hours if they choose to work for non profits
- Hospital shifts (usually 12 hours shifts, three days a week) if they choose to work in the hospital
Types of People Who Nutritionists Help
People seek out the help of nutritionists for a variety of reasons. They may have:
- Made a conscious decision to change their lifestyle in order to live more healthy
- Had a major medical event which requires them to follow a specific eating routine
- Had a friend or family member who needs to change their eating habits and has decided to make the change as well to support them
Working as a nutritionist can be a rewarding career for people who are outgoing and love food and healthy living. Making any career change or decisions to pursue a specific education can be intimidating. Knowing what to expect will help you decide if being a nutritionist is the right career path for you.
As a nutritionist, it is your goal to help your clients meet their nutritional goals and leave them satisfied with your expertise, but as you expand your business and services you open yourself to increased opportunities for misunderstandings and legal liability. Investing in comprehensive insurance protects your financial well-being and professional licenses if a client or third party decides to pursue legal action against you. Regardless of if you are self-employed, work for an employer who provides insurance, or a small business owner it is important to be aware of the different types of insurance available to you and ensure you are properly protected in case of an accident or lawsuit.
Professional Liability Insurance
Professional Liability Insurance is also known as Errors and Omissions Insurance or Medical Malpractice Insurance. This video offers insight into the benefits of having your own insurance beyond what may be offered by your employer. Professional liability insurance will protect you against claims that you have failed to preform a professional service or that you have been negligent in your service to a patient. Many insurance companies include State Licensing Board Defense Coverage as part of their professional liability coverage. Many professional nutritionist and dietitian associations have negotiated discounted rates for professional liability insurance, you may want to check with any of your professional memberships when you search for the right insurance company for you. Professional liability insurance only provides coverage for the individual named by the policy.
General Liability Insurance
This type of insurance protects your business from claims that contractors, vendors, employees, patients, or any third party could bring against you. General liability coverage is limited to property damage, libel, slander, negligence, and bodily injury related to business activities. General liability insurance provides protection to owners, employees, volunteers and most people who are working in an official capacity for your business.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance
Worker’s compensation insurance provides coverage for medical expenses, lost wages and protection from lawsuit if an employee (and in some policies a volunteer) is injured in while performing their job duties. Most states require that businesses provide worker’s compensation insurance and specific requirements will vary from state to state. Any insurance agency can help ensure your coverage meets the requirements of your state or you can learn more about your states requirements by contacting the appropriate state organization from this list provided by the United States Department of Labor.
Property insurance provides coverage for medical equipment, your building and other business assets in case of fire, power surges, mechanical failure, natural disasters and criminal activity. The details of coverage will vary with different insurance providers and selected coverage levels. Some insurance policies even cover loss of income that results from an event that requires your business to shut down temporarily.
Many nutritionists electronically store and transmit sensitive patient records and personal information. Cyber liability insurance protects you if that data is compromised as the result of a cyber attack or data theft. Coverage can include judgments or settlements to clients whose information is exposed, legal expenses as a result of a data breech, HIPAA required client notification, credit monitoring services provided to clients, and marketing campaigns to help rebuild your business’ credibility after an attack.
Hired & Non-Owned Auto Insurance/Commercial Auto Insurance
This type of insurance provides coverage if you or an employee is in a car accident on work-related business. Commercial auto insurance is needed to cover company vehicles, vehicles you lend to employees and even your personal automobile as many personal auto insurance policies exclude work-related accidents. Hired & non-owned auto insurance provides coverage for rental vehicles, employees who drive their personal vehicles and vehicles provided by car sharing services.
Umbrella Liability Insurance
Umbrella liability insurance provides additional coverage if a settlement, judgment or damages exceed the coverage provided by your primary insurance. For example, if you carry personal liability insurance that only protects for a maximum of $500,000 and a judgment is issued against you for $800,000, your umbrella liability insurance would cover the $300,000 not covered by your personal liability insurance.
Business Owner’s Policy
A business owner’s policy combines many types of insurances into one policy and is usually less expensive than holding each type of insurance policy individually. This type of policy typically includes property insurance, general liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance with the ability to add any of insurances discussed above.
Becoming a nutritionist requires attending a nutritionist school and receiving at least a Bachelor’s Degree in the field. It can be very rewarding and can be a top paying job depending on the city you live in. For such a diverse field there are plenty of opportunities available for a qualified nutritionist by getting paid anywhere from $56,170 to $98,000 a year. The cost to attend a good nutritionist school can be affordable.
Earn an Associate’s
The cost for a two year degree will range from one college to another. An Associates can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000. This degree will lead to working in entry level positions, but it will not allow you to work for positions that require a license to practice that also pay higher.
Earn a Bachelor’s
You will pay anywhere from $14,000 to $80,000 depending on the state and University you attend. If you already earned an Associate’s then you will not pay as much as if you need to attend for a full four years. If you earned an Associates in another degree you can still transfer many of the credit hours into your new degree plan as a nutritionist. The Bachelors degree will prepare you to work in more advanced nutritionist jobs that an Associates cannot. You will be able to work in schools and hospitals as a nutritional counselor or overseeing food management.
You can move forward with an additional two year program by earning a Master’s Degree which will lead to better paying and more versatile jobs. A Master’s can cost up to $65,000 and will train you in disease prevention through better dietary habits taught by exercise scientists and clinical psychologists to name a few real world practitioners.
The American Dietetic Association distinguishes between a nutritionist and dietitians which is based on your education and certification. You will need to take courses that specify in the field you prefer to aim your focus towards, work one year as an intern and then become certified. Upon graduation you can begin earning a good salary depending on the type of job and the state you will work in. For example, you will earn more than $98,000 a year as a nutritionist in Bethesda, Maryland. If you plan to work as a nutritionist in Las Vegas, Nevada you can earn about $60,000 a year.
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Attending a good nutritionist school will take a few years to complete and may cost as much as $80,000 for at least a Bachelor’s Degree, but it will pay off as you begin to work as a certified nutritionist either for a public industry or private. Various schools allow you to earn your degree online as well as attend lecture classes, allowing you the option to continue working while furthering your education. Before you know it, you will be done and will be able to work in the field you enjoy, earning a good salary, and working flexible hours.
The fact is that not everybody chooses to become a nutritionist even after starting on the path to becoming one or have already been one. While there are plenty of career options to choose from, a pharmaceutical sales representative is one of them and can be extremely rewarding financially. If you’ve ever been in a doctor’s office or hospital waiting room for any length of time, chances are you’ve seen a well-dressed young professional walk in the door, walk up to the counter, and be immediately ushered behind the counter and in to see the doctor. When that happens, it’s quite possible you have just seen a pharmaceutical sales representative doing his or her job.
What Kind of Education Does it Take to be a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep?
Many pharmaceutical sales representatives are recent college graduates. They come from a variety of backgrounds and may have majored in one of the sciences, in health or nutrition, or in business. In fact, there are no hard and fast rules about the background required for pharmaceutical sales. One thing that is needed is the ability to learn about new products and share that information with others. You also need to be persistent and to have a passion for sales.
The job of a pharmaceutical sales representative is actually a lot more than just selling. In fact, many sales reps say they spend far more time teaching the doctors and nurses they work with about their products than actually selling them their products. The pharmaceutical sales rep job is an important promotional role. There are so many developments happening in medicine every year that it’s virtually impossible for busy doctors to keep up on all the new medications, therapies and vaccines that may be available. Pharmaceutical sales reps fill a crucial role in educating America’s doctors and their staffs.
While a general understanding about pharmacology, chemistry, and how drugs work is important, most sales reps have the support of training and marketing literature to assist them in educating their customers. Many experienced pharmaceutical sales representatives are more likely to be marketing majors or have backgrounds in commission sales or even finance than an in-depth medical background.
The Work Environment
Many pharmaceutical sales reps spend the majority of their time on the road visiting hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and nursing homes. They may work from a home office or from a company office, but the work can be done using the basic tools of a computer, internet connection, telephone, and face-to-face communications.
Learning about new drugs and medicines will also require regular company meetings, where sales reps get together to learn about new medicines and the best way to teach doctors about them. Sales reps also may attend industry conferences, where they may represent their company in a trade show booth or meet with doctors or hospital purchasing agents in a networking environment.
While setting your own schedule might allow you to sleep in now and then, the job of pharmaceutical sales rep will also require plenty of evening and weekend work. Paperwork also may be required to be submitted on a regular basis, and quotas may be set that require a certain amount of product to be moved on a weekly or monthly basis. Scheduling meetings takes time too, and there may be entire days spent on the phone and in front of a database booking appointments. Since most pharmaceutical sales reps are paid on commission, appointment setting is a necessary chore that on its own does not pay.
Important Skills to Have
A pleasant demeanor and good communication skills are perhaps the most important skills for pharmaceutical sales reps to possess to be successful. Beyond that, understanding basic science, good listening skills, and the ability to answer questions, negotiate, and follow through with promises are key to any successful sales person.
Most pharmaceutical companies will provide customized on-the-job training programs to prepare their sales reps for field work. That training will typically include a combination of process training (how to go about setting appointments, ordering, and delivering product), sales training (finding leads, contacts, marketing, negotiation), and product training on the specific products being sold.