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The 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of Dietitians is expected to increase by 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than other occupations. The 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that Dietitians who are "Health Diagnosing and Treating" practitioners earn about $73,000. As with other professions, income will vary by region of the country, type of employment setting, scope of responsibility, and supply of qualified dietitians and nutritionists. According to the 2011 Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, income increases with years of experience, with the top 10 percent earning more than $77,590. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the median wage for RDs was $60,000 in 2013.
According to the 2011 Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Workforce Demand Study, Dietetics Supply and Demand: 2010-2020: "if supply factors and limitations persist, there will be a shortfall between demand for services and the capacity of the dietetics workforce. By 2020, a projected shortfall of about 18,000 full time workers (or more) may exist."
The 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers is expected to increase by 21% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than other occupations. The mean income for Health Educators in 2012 was approximately $49,000, with hospitals being the highest at $60,000. Some employers may require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential.
The field of nutrition is one of the most dynamic, diverse professions. Thus, career opportunities are quite varied. For example, a solid background in the science of nutrition helps prepare you to:
Some of the food and nutrition career positions held by our Benedictine University graduates include: clinical dietitian, neonatal and pediatric clinical nutrition specialist, public health case management dietitian, dietitians working in gerontology, nurse, dietetic technician, social worker, exercise physiologist, clinical services manager, internal nutrition support sales representative, quality assurance manager, food and nutrition services director, consumer affairs specialist for a major grocery store chain, product buyer, director of client services, manager of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Teams, community and university educator, corporate health promotion and wellness specialist, public relations specialist for a food association, owner of a bakery, nutritionist in public health programs and on reservations, weight loss counselor, author, researcher, and consultant in private practice.
For more details, refer to the Career Opportunity section of the Nutrition Major Handbook.