Careers in Nutrition

Updated on August 23, 2012
A.F. asks from Bellmore, NY
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If you work in the field of nutrition, can you please tell me what is involved. What aspects of the job do you like best and least? Thank you. I am a former elementary school teacher looking for new opportunities.

P.S. I know you are required to take Anatomy and Physiology and am a little concerned about that!

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answers from Indianapolis on

Generally you have to have an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and then be licensed by the state as a Registered Dietician.

You should look at the curriculum at various local colleges/universities that offer Nutrition degrees and see what's required.

Anatomy and Physiology courses vary widely based upon the program. I majored in Biology in college, and I took an A&P class my senior year that almost broke me. It was designed for 1st year med students and had only a midterm and final to grade you. I'm sure, based upon the number of Registered Dieticians in the workforce, the class required is challenging but not ridiculously hard.

Good luck!

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answers from Portland on

I have a friend who is interested in a career in nutrition. She started at a community college. Since you already have a degree I don't know if the community college would be of help. I think, tho, that she had a couple of classes directly related to nutrition. You could check with your local community colleges. Even if you didn't take a class, a teacher may be able to give you some information.

I have a degree in home economics. I suggest that people in the field of nutrition would be willing to talk with you or even have you shadow them for a day. You could arrange this thru the school district nutrition services or a local hospital.

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answers from Sarasota on

Hi A.,

I am a Nutraceutical Consultant with nutraMetrix. I implement natural health, weight management, genetic testing and patient education solutions into health facilities. I have received the best education both online and through local seminars. I love giving physicians the opportunity to bring pharmaceutical grade, isotonic nutritional supplements to their patients. Surveys have shown that at least 85% of patients want their doctor involved in the nutritional needs and that makes our jobs easy. I am on my way to earning a six-figure income after only a year in business. Please feel free to visit my website as well as email me with your questions at [email protected] luck to you on whatever path you choose.

Best Regards,


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answers from Dallas on

I am not a nutritionist. I am a Shaklee Independent distributor. I have learned so much about nutrition through Shaklee, which is a reputable company that does tons of research. Been around since the 50's. So I do work in the field of nutrition but my degree is in social work. LOL!

I work with people who are looking for ways to be healthier and feel better. It may be general health, energy level, pain from arthritis or even healthy cleaners for the house, natural products for your skin and hair, etc.... It's pretty great when you help someone feel better. It's amazing actually! Probably why I enjoy mamapedia. It's just great to offer something that may help someone else.

Go look at my website and see if doing something like that would be of interest.

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