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Job Profile: Nutritionist
Find out what it takes to become a Nutritionist.
Nutritionists can influence how an athlete performs, or how non-athletes improve their own physical condition, by manipulating meal preparation and diet.
The exercise physiologist studies and recommends training methods to help athletes return from injury, improve their performance and stay healthy. The nutritionist essentially does the same job, focusing instead on food. The nutritionist will work with doctors, athletes or training staffs to develop meal plans that will keep them healthy, fit and at peak performance capability. Nutritionists can influence how an athlete performs, or how non-athletes improve their own physical condition, by manipulating meal preparation and diet.
Education: Bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition service systems management or a related field is a must. A master's degree or Ph.D. may be required for additional advancement.
Experience: Beyond the advanced degrees, nutritionists need state licensing and board certification. Different states have different requirements. Many hours of supervised practical experience will also be required as an internship.
Resume Builders: Work with organizations that deal with food and food preparation. Develop an understanding food chemistry. Build communication skills.
Salary: Ranges from $20,000, average $45,000, to the top $75,000
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