And the Nutritionist Does What?
The nutritionist, on the other hand, does not undergo this type of training. In fact, anyone can hang a shingle and practice as a nutritionist. However, some states specify that unqualified practitioners—those who have not undertaken a baccalaureate dietitian program—cannot call themselves nutritionists. Many nutritionists work at health clubs, nutrition stores, holistic medical centers, or health food restaurants.
The Ohio Revised Code states that such persons cannot call themselves dietitians or nutritionists. The Ohio Board of Dietitians requires that professionals offering nutritional advice who are not dietitians cannot call themselves either dietitians or nutritionists and must use the term “personal trainer" or “personal consultant." I looked at Ohio’s laws because that’s where I live; you need to check the laws in your own home state.
For nutritionists who seek professional credentialing, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals offers certification in holistic nutrition. Students must study in an approved academic program not necessarily leading to a degree with subjects including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, life cycle supplementation for various populations, nutrition counseling and assessment, herbology, and business management. They must also study the nutritional support of various body systems, environmental impact on nutrition, and symptoms of nutritional deficiency.
Salaries generally run a little less for non-credentialed nutritionists, but there is a higher fluctuation for those diet centers or holistic medical groups that depend on the solid nutritional advice of holistic practitioners for high-end clients.
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