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Nutritionists promote a healthy lifestyle by helping their patients to develop better eating habits. They are solution-oriented, and give their patients the tools they need to achieve better nutritional health.
A huge part of a nutritionist’s job is to educate patients on diet and nutrition. In this way, nutritionists help patients to see the relationship between food and quality of life. This helps patients to make better nutrition decisions and manage their health.
Nutritionists also plan meals specifically designed to take each patient’s healthcare needs into consideration. Often, a nutritionist will work with groups of people who have the same goal, such as lowering cholesterol, and create customized meal plans to achieve this purpose. Nutritionists must take their patient’s needs and desires into consideration, though. Some patients have a strict budget for groceries, or don’t like certain foods, and nutritionists are expected to design meals with the patient’s preferences in mind.
Due to the aging baby boom generation and an increasingly health conscious population, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects dietitian and nutritionist employment to grow 20% by 2020. In order to qualify for nutritionist jobs, you need at least an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s degree is required for most positions. Visit the ADVANCE job board today to see what nutritionist jobs are available in your area!