How to Become a Nutritionist

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November 11, 2013

“All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians.”

There are a lot of options when you are looking for nutritional help, whether you need to address food allergies and how to navigate food labels or a meal plan to get you on track to your ideal weight. Is a Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian the right professional to ask? 

It’s hard to know the difference or understand what they do.  An expert advisor when it comes to food and nutrition, a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a nationally recognized and certified profession by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  A Nutritionist is not a nationally recognized, meaning that anyone can designate himself as such.  However, in order to communicate a broader concept of wellness, the AND has introduced the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) designation.  This aims to help direct the public to a certified Registered Dietitian for all their health and wellness needs. There are even online schools available for the required certifications.

Answering nutritional questions and assessing health-needs, a RD can develop individualized meal plans to help manage chronic disease or address any outlined nutritional goal.  Working in a variety of settings, Registered Dietitians can be found in hospitals, outpatient care facilities, and even cafeterias.  Consult the visual below to learn more about what Registered Dietitians do, where they work, and how they help everyday people live healthier lives.

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Infographic: How to Become a Nutritionist

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