State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Becoming a Nutritionist in Idaho

The dramatic increase in attention given to healthier living and eating over the last few years has led to significant growth in the number of persons considering a career in nutrition. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 21 percent national increase in nutritionists and dietitian jobs between 2012 and 2018, a greater growth than theaverage for all other professions.

If you are a “people person” who likes food and is concerned about healthy living, why not look into becoming a nutritionist.

Nutritionist Degree and Licensing Requirements in Idaho

Nutritionists and dietitians are often thought of as the same but they are actually two different occupations. Both are health professionals who promote good nutrition; however, dieticians must be licensed, which involves specific education and training requirements, while in most states (including Idaho) becoming a nutritionist does not. This doesn’t mean anyone can walk into a nursing home or a health clinic and get a job as a nutritionist. A bachelor’s degree in nutrition is needed to qualify for almost any entry-level position as a nutritionist and a master’s degree opens many additional doors.

You can find accredited schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutritional science in the following Idaho cities:

  • Moscow
  • Pocatello
  • Twin Falls

There are also many accredited online colleges and universities that offer nutrition degrees. In recent years some of the best schools in the country now provide online studies and these degrees are just as acceptable as those from on-campus schools.

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The kinds of courses you are likely to take for a B.S. in Nutrition include:

  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and Health / Disease
  • Behavioral Consequences of Poor Nutrition
  • Obesity Management
  • Nutrition for Diabetics
  • Human Nutrition and Energy Metabolism
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Meal Planning
  • Nutrition Evaluations
  • Relationship between Cancer and Nutrition
  • Role of Vitamins in Biochemical Processes
  • Effect ot Dietary Supplements on Body Functions

Nutritionist Job Description and Job Opportunities in Idaho

Nutritionists fill a wide variety of job functions, including but not limited to:

  • Educating the public about nutrition issues
  • Designing meal plans for hospitals and health facilities
  • Providing individual nutrition counseling
  • Calculating caloric needs
  • Working with patients who suffer from diabetes, heart disease or eating disorders
  • Doing nutritional research
  • Working for government agencies to evaluate prepared foods, complete food labels or test products to assure that food labels are accurate
  • Teach high school, college or adult education nutrition classes
  • Design nutritional posters and brochures

Prospective employers of nutritionists include:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Federal and state food-related agencies
  • Private physicians
  • Diet programs
  • Food manufacturers
  • Spas / Resorts / Hotels
  • Health food stores
  • Fitness centers
  • Senior enters
  • Public and private schools
  • Research laboratories

The BLS reports that 14 percent of the working nutritionists are self-employed as:

  • Nutrition consultants
  • Personal chefs
  • Restaurant owners
  • Nutritional product producers
  • Nutritionist Salaries and Job Growth

Many nutritionists specialize in a specific area of nutrition, such as:

  • Geriatric Nutrition
  • Diabetic Nutrition
  • Child Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

In Idaho, you could possibly become one of the nutritionists working for the Certified Idaho Potato Commission which produces websites, brochures, TV/radio commercials and newspaper/magazine ads about the nutritional benefits of Idaho’s famous spuds.

Nutritionist Salary and Job Growth in Idaho

According to the BLS, Idaho nutritionists earn an average annual salary of $40,465.
The occupational outlook for nutritionists in Idaho is excellent. There are currently 230 nutritionists working in Idaho and that number is estimated to increase by17 percent, or to 270 jobs, by 2018.

Professional Organizations for Nutritionists in Idaho

Idaho School Nutrition Association. Statewide organization provides networking, school nutrition news updates, workshops and annual conferences.

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