Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Ladies and gents, we are living in the future!
In the past few years, awareness of the role of nutrition and food to help promote health has seen an increase, making this the best time for anyone to be a nutritionist. Globally, we are becoming more aware of the idea of a holistic living approach, which means that people are considering diet and health when it comes to all aspects of their well-being. The demand on the health industry has been seeing increases, and it is still on the rise. Experts in the United States Department of Labor, have projected that jobs in nutrition will grow 16% between 2014 and 2024, which is a much faster rate than most jobs.
So, who is a nutritionist? Is it your mom’s friend who is constantly telling you to stop eating bread? Or is it that blogger you follow who keeps posting healthy advice? The terms ‘nutritionist & dietitian’ have been thrown very vaguely making it difficult to differentiate between who has the actual background and license to give advice and who does it out of passion or hobby.
Nutritionists and Dietitians are experts, who have studied nutrition, health or a related subject, and know how nutrition can be used as a tool to promote better health and manage certain diseases. They both have the know-how and the right tools to evaluate a client’s health status, advise them on a meal plan and help them improve their well-being or reach specific health-related goals.
One of the many perks of being a nutritionist is that the scope of work is not limited to one job, you can work at your own private practice, a clinic, a hospital or take a different path and write health articles, do a food show, work in a gym, start your own healthy-food business! The options are quite possibly endless, making this one title that can be used quite literally anywhere and everywhere. The hours are also not a 9-5 at the desk working day, some nutritionists work part time, set their own hours or have the luxury to work online from home. With how fast technology is advancing, a lot of jobs have been switching to online platforms and many nutritionists and dietitians are taking advantage of that. You can get a fully customized nutrition plan while sitting in the comfort of your home in your pajamas.
Not only can nutritionists work online, you can now get your nutrition degree online. Many universities and institutes now allow you to obtain a certification online. A simple Google search will yield tens and tens of schools that offer whichever program you’re interested in at the Bachelor or Masters level, to help you become the nutritionist, dietitian or health coach you want to be.
If a healthy lifestyle is something that interests you, if there’s a voice at the back of your head that’s been questioning whether you should or should not head down this career, now is the best time to explore your options and decide if this is the right path for you!