Nutrition plays a vital role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and conditions and is an essential part of maintaining and promoting a healthy lifestyle. With current issues such as the rise in both the obesity rate and the rate of diabetes it is becoming increasingly more important to rely on those professionals within the nutrition field to help address many of the health challenges that face Americans currently and in the years to come.
Job growth will result from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will boost demand for nutritional counseling and treatment in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies. Public interest in nutrition and increased emphasis on health education and prudent lifestyles also will spur demand, especially in food service management. Nutrition professionals play an important role within the health care system through activities such as:
- Planning and implementing food and nutrition programs for individuals with various diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and others
- Managing large-scale meal programs found in institutions such as the ones found in academic institutions, correctional facilities, company cafeterias, and health care facilities
- Developing and implementing educational programs through community-based organizations in order to prevent disease and promote health
- Providing consulting services to individuals, sports teams, food manufacturing companies, health care facilities, and many others
Did you know ...
Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 9% from 2008 to 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The median annual earnings for nutrition professionals was $50,590 in May 2008 with the lowest 10% earning less than $31,460 and the highest 10% earning more than $73,410.
Those nutrition professionals with advanced degrees can expect to earn the highest wages and have the most opportunities for job placement and advancement into management and leadership roles.