Becoming a Nutritionist via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Kaplan University, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering health science courses to train individuals to become top-notch health psychologists, physicians, doctors, nurses, surgeons, health scientists, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 53,220 people employed as dietitians and nutritionists alone in America, and their average annual salary is $53,230. Colleges and universities like Kaplan University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Nutritionist
  • nursing home
  • hospital
  • shelter
  • public health clinic
  • doctor's office
  • company cafeteria
  • government agency
  • food manufacturing plant
  • public school
  • correctional institutions
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Nutritionist
  • work from home
  • set your own schedule
  • attend conferences
  • plan diets for the ill
  • learn healthy living
  • choose your clients
  • learn to cook
  • receive good salary
  • work for the government
  • bypass college
Potential Drawbacks
  • you may frequently judge your friends eating habits
  • you may be to hard on your children about their eating habits
  • everyone may want you to give them food advice
  • things often change and you have to study to keep up with the times
  • you have to be frequently on the look out for changes
  • hours can vary
  • you wont be able to eat any food without thinking of the health content
  • you will miss out on sweet stuff
  • you wont enjoy holiday meals with family as much
  • you wont be able to eat out much
Related Professions to Consider
  • Food Administrator
  • Wellness Coach
  • Dietitian
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Manager
  • Health Manager
  • Food Scientist
  • Nutrition Account Director
  • Technologist
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Nutritionist
  • What made you decide that you wanted to become a Nutritionist?
  • Did you have experience prior to becoming a Nutritionist?
  • Approximately what was your starting salary?
  • What college did you attend on receiving your degree?
  • Approximately what is your salary now?
  • What college did you attend on receiving your degree?
  • What do you enjoy about being a Nutritionist?
  • What exactly does a Nutritionist do?
  • What type of patients does a Nutritionist treat?
  • What type of problems do you see most frequently in your field regarding clients/patients?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • chef
  • food scientist
  • ecologist
  • farmer
  • doctor
  • agriculturist
  • sportsman
  • trainer
  • producer of food
  • tractor driver
Nutritionist Training books Nutritionist (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Food Science
  • Dietetics Management
  • Human Nutritional Services
  • Food Management and Nutrition
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment
  • Experimental Food Science
  • Foods Nutrition and Wellness
  • Public Health Nutrition

Nutritionist Salary Information

Category: Dietitians and nutritionists

Total # Employed in the US 53,220
Average Hourly Wage: $25.59/hr
Hourly Wage Range
$15.98 $20.39 $25.07 $30.51 $35.91
Average Yearly Salary $53,230
Yearly Salary Range
$33,230 $42,400 $52,150 $63,460 $74,690
Employment Demographics
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
4.7% 15.0% 8.8% 5.4% 36.2% 24.8% 5.1%
Dietitians and nutritionists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Mississippi $31.06/hr $64,600
New York $30.7/hr $63,860
Colorado $30.58/hr $63,610
Indiana $30.17/hr $62,750
Delaware $29.69/hr $61,750
North Dakota $29.62/hr $61,600
Virginia $28.11/hr $58,460
Tennessee $27.6/hr $57,410
Missouri $27.45/hr $57,090
Ohio $27.03/hr $56,230
Oklahoma $26.69/hr $55,520
District of Columbia $26.53/hr $55,170
North Carolina $26.38/hr $54,880
Guam $26.33/hr $54,760
Alaska $26.22/hr $54,540
Hawaii $25.94/hr $53,950
Nebraska $25.75/hr $53,570
Michigan $25.66/hr $53,370
Montana $25.44/hr $52,910
Wyoming $25.19/hr $52,380
South Carolina $24.68/hr $51,340
Puerto Rico $24.66/hr $51,300
Kansas $24.56/hr $51,070
Washington $24.14/hr $50,200
Louisiana $24.07/hr $50,060
Connecticut $24.04/hr $49,990
Maryland $23.77/hr $49,450
Utah $23.7/hr $49,290
Iowa $23.66/hr $49,220
Oregon $23.6/hr $49,100
California $23.57/hr $49,020
West Virginia $23.44/hr $48,750
Wisconsin $23.36/hr $48,590
Maine $23.27/hr $48,410
New Mexico $23.16/hr $48,180
Pennsylvania $23.03/hr $47,910
Kentucky $22.95/hr $47,740
Florida $22.93/hr $47,690
Alabama $22.93/hr $47,700
Arkansas $22.06/hr $45,880
New Jersey $21.77/hr $45,280
Massachusetts $21.43/hr $44,560
New Hampshire $21.27/hr $44,240
South Dakota $20.94/hr $43,550
Nevada $20.71/hr $43,080
Idaho $20.66/hr $42,970

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