Public Health Careers--Nutritionist or Dietitian

apple with a tape measure around it Can a Psychology degree lead to a career as a Nutritionist or Dietitian?

Yes, your Psychology degree can lead to a carer as a Nutritionist/Dietitian--experts in food, nutrition, and diet regulation. These jobs involve advising people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or to achieve a specific health-related goal. Nutritionists and Dieticitians work in many settings, including hospitals, business, the government, nursing homes, cafeterias, and clinics. Some are self-employed and have their own practices. Keep in mind that the title of "Dietitian" is legally protected, which means to use this name you must have met certain educational requirements at an accredited college (you would get a Master's degree) and have passed the national registration exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration so that you can be licensed as a Dietitian. In this way, Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.

It is interesting that the totle of "Nutritionist" is not legally protected. Because of this, there is no specification with regard to education, experience, or ongoing training. Thus, most states allow you to call yourself a "Nutritionist" without any specific type of education, certificate, or license.

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Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average yearly income of a Nutritionist and Dietician at $59,500.

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