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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?

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Kelsi’s Answer

Hi Emoni!

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!

Directory of accredited programs:
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/accredited-programs/accredited-programs-directory
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Savannah’s Answer

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but if you want to become a registered dietitian you must complete a bachelor’s degree (accredited by ACEND), complete a dietetic internship, pass the registration exam, then maintain your registration by completing 75 education credit hours every 5 years.
Note: a master’s degree will be required after 2024 to sit for the exam.
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Lisa’s Answer

Find a college that has a 4 year BS in Nutrition along with a Dietitian internship program. You would get your degree then go for internship then take the RD exam. This is the best way as when you are done you are qualified to work anywhere…hospitals, nursing homes, community etc. it’s a great field with so many fields of interest. I never regretted it.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hello Emoni,

If you want to become a registered dietitian, you need a bachelor's degree. You can do Nutrition or Food Sciences. After this, you can take certifications and get your state license.
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