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How much education is needed to become an dietitian?

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Whenever I have a appointment with my dietitian she informs me nutrition facts about different foods that i find so interesting for example meat,cheese, and egg don't have any carbs. #teaching #education #career

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Sheila’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Nazareth:

Thank you for your question. With all the convenient fast foods and large portion sizes it's great that you are taking an interest in diet.

Dietitians and Nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

Education

Dietitians and Nutritionists typically need a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related area. Dietitians also may study food service systems management. Programs include courses in nutrition, psychology, chemistry, and biology.

Many dietitians and nutritionists have advanced degrees.

Training

Dietitians and Nutritionists typically receive several hundred hours of supervised training, usually in the form of an internship following graduation from college. Some schools offer coordinated programs in dietetics that allow students to complete supervised training as part of their undergraduate or graduate-level coursework.

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed in order to practice. Other states require only state registration or certification to use certain titles, and a few states have no regulations for this occupation.

The requirements for state licensure and state certification vary by state, but most include having a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition or a related area, completing supervised practice, and passing an exam.

I wish you much success on your journey. Good luck to you.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. - -> https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm#tab-4

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • Research Bureau of Labor Statistics website: - -> https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm#tab-4
  • Research Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: - -> https://www.eatright.org
  • Research the US Department of Agriculture - Choose My Plate.gov website: - -> https://www.choosemyplate.gov