What does a Nutritionist do?
A nutritionist is someone that advises on nutrition and the effects it may have on an individual. They are not usually medical professions and are often confused with a Dietician due to very similar duties. The largest difference is that a Dietician can be a Nutritionist, but a Nutritionist is not a Dietician unless they are licensed or registered. Both assist their clients in consumption of nutrition and altering one’s diets in a variety of ways. The goal is to promote healthier lifestyles and eating habits in one’s normal routine. A nutritionist does not diagnose.
How to Become a Nutritionist
A nutritionist must earn a bachelor’s degree and have knowledge in biology, psychology, therapy and counseling, education and training. Nutritionist are not required to be licensed in many states, however they must have understanding of the structure of the english language, as well as, mathematics, medicine and chemistry. They should be able to communicate, both orally and in writing, in order to convey information properly and clearly. They should be active listeners, so that, they understand what is being communicated to them.
Job Description of a Nutritionist
A nutritionist takes a holistic approach in helping individuals or their clients in altering their eating habits and living healthy lifestyles. They help clients reach goals that they have set. A nutritionist may works on weight loss, nutritional or hormonal balance, digestion, or food allergies. The design eating programs that lays out plans for their clients to follow. In addition they may go out into the community to educate groups on nutritional balance, preventing diseases, or good eating habits. Many work in or for similar setting as Dietician such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, school cafeterias, or private homes.
Nutritionist often times use tools determine client’s measurements by using scales, tape measures and skin-fold calipers. In addition, they may body measurement charts and other aids to demonstrate healthy foods techniques. They may consult with physicians or dietician at times and work collaboratively to meet clients goals.It is key to keep up to date on the latest research and trends as well; therefore one is constantly learning
A nutritionist usually works full time and regular hours. Some are self-employed and have the ability to charge medical insurance for services rendered, however it is limited for an unlicensed nutritionist. Therefore many are paid privately and charge per hour or session. Nutritionist often times are listening to their clients concerns and explaining and communicating in words that is easily understood and implemented. It is also very important for a nutritionist to be knowledgeable in supplemental medicines and over the counter herbs.