How can I break into the nutritional field?
I would like to be a nutritionist but I don't know where to start? any suggestion on schools? certifications I should earn? or even type of things I should research for?
To legally give nutrition advice in any setting you have to be a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RD/RDN). You would have to complete an accredited program (Bachelor's), a Master's if after 2024, 1200 internship hours, and pass a registration exam. The Master's is a new requirement and at the moment can be in any field. I'm currently finishing my Masters, but I finished my Bachelors in 2020 so technically I could have sat for registration without my M.S. The internship is typically another year of school (7 months or so depending on the program), most are unpaid, and some are distance. It seems complicated and it was overwhelming for me at first, if you have any questions be sure to reach out!
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Note: a master’s degree will be required after 2024 to sit for the exam.