Nutritionists and dieticians play a vital role in the lives of individuals who need help with special diets due to illnesses allergies weight problems or those who need general help with their eating habits. Nutritionists and dietitians also help institutions such as school systems hospitals and other organizations that must feed large numbers of people prepare healthy menus that meet many types of dietary needs and requirements.
There are three types of nutritionists and dietitians. The first are commonly called administrative. These individuals help to plan the menus that will serve large groups of people all of whom will be served basically the same nutritious food.
The second is a clinical nutritionist and dietitian. They work directly with individuals who have specific nutritional needs. Not only might they plan menus for specific people but they may also work one-on-one with them to teach them about the foods they should be eating according to their dietary restrictions.
Finally the third type is a research nutritionist and dietitian. These professionals study the effects of different types of food on different types of people through research studies. According to careerplanning.about.com the job outlook for nutritionists and dietitians is good and the need for these professionals will continue to grow. Additionally careerplanning.about.com states that the median annual salary for this profession is $52150 per year.
A bachelors degree is required for this profession as well as certification andor licensure by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Specific requirements vary by state.