Nutritionists fill a vitally important role in society by educating people about food and the importance of good nutrition. They also help individuals find the dietary plan that offers them the most healthy and active life. Nutrition is a holistic practice that considers a person’s entire body and lifestyle, not just a single part of it.
Although dieticians are licensed in Georgia, nutritionists are not. However, there are at least six accredited schools in Georgia that offer nutrition degrees at the associate’s bachelors, masters and doctoral level. Some schools even offer certificate programs (mostly at the graduate level). The following Georgia cities all have schools offering degrees in nutrition:
Courses offered for a degree in nutrition may include but are not limited to:
Nutritionists are health professionals who educate the public and individuals about the importance of good nutrition for a person’s general health and well-being. As a nutritionist in Georgia you may do research on how food affects the body in terms of health, behavior, metabolism, body functions, and disease. You may confer with individuals and develop a dietary plan that is right for them, often for persons with special dietary needs like diabetics, obese individuals or those with eating disorders. If you are a scientifically-minded, health aware, compassionate person with good communication skills who likes people of all
ages, being a nutritionist could be the rewarding and enjoyable career you’ve been looking for.
There is an extremely diverse assortment of the kinds of employers who hire nutritionists. They include but are not limited to:
There also are self-employed nutritionists who work as personal nutritional consultants for individuals.
The occupational outlook for nutritionists in Georgia is good. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are currently 1,780 nutritionists employed in Georgia and that number is expected to grow 16 percent, or to 2,080 jobs by 2018.
Nutritionist wages vary significantly depending on type of employer. The annual salary of a nutritionist can be as low as $30,000 or as high as $68,000. The BLS lists the mean and median annual wage for nutritionists and dieticians as $56,000 and $55,926 respectively. The average annual income of nutritionists in Georgia is $51,000.
Professional associations are a great way for you to keep up with the latest information about nutritionist careers, attend conferences and participate in continuing education, seminars, webinars, etc. Georgia currently does not have a professional organization of nutritionists; however, you can enjoy many of the same benefits by joining a national association. National nutritionist organizations include: