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Nutritionist Education Requirements

Most nutritionists have earned a bachelor’s degree and receive supervised training through an internship or as a part of their coursework. Also, many jurisdictions require nutritionists to be licensed. Their degrees are in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Programs include courses in nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and biology.

Nutritionists typically participate in several hundred hours of supervised training, usually in the form of an internship following graduation from college. However, some programs in dietetics include this training as part of the coursework.

Nutritionists must keep up to date with the latest nutrition research. They should be able to interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice. Because there are many aspects to the work of nutritionists, they should have the ability to stay organized. Management dietitians, for example, must consider both the nutritional needs of their customers and the costs of meals.

Nutritionists must listen carefully to understand clients’ goals and concerns. They also have to be emphatic to help clients confront and overcome dietary struggles. They must explain complicated topics in a way that people with less technical knowledge understand. For example, a clinical dietitian must be able to clearly tell clients about what to eat and why eating the recommended foods is important.

Education History of Nutritionists

The most common degree held by nutritionists is Nutrition Sciences. 19 percent of nutritionists had a degree in nutrition sciences before becoming nutritionists. That is over 101 times the average across all careers.

Nutritionist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Nutritionist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of nutritionists % of population Multiple
Nutrition Sciences 18.8%
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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
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      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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How to Become a Nutritionist

Interested in becoming a nutritionist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good nutritionist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.