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The 2019 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase by 8% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than other occupations. The 2019 Occupational Outlook Handbook reported the median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists as $61,270. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the median wage for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) (not including nutritionists only) was higher, at $68,600 in 2019. As with other professions, income will vary by region of the country, type of employment setting, scope of responsibility, and supply of qualified dietitians. According to the 2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, income increases with years of experience, practice area, and other factors, with the top 25 percent earning more than $83,200.
The 2019 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers is expected to increase by 13% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than other occupations. The mean income for Health Educators in 2019 was approximately $55,220, with hospitals being the highest at $64,680. 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.