Maine is famous for its wild blueberries and a July 31, 2014 article in the Bangor News reported that University of Maine nutrition professor Dorothy Klinis has found that wild blueberries significantly reduce triglycerides in the body which in turn decreases the chances of heart disease. This is just one example of nutritionists at work in Maine.
The Maine Board of Licensing and Dietetic Practice is the governing body for dieticians and nutritionists in Maine where the terms “dietitian” and “nutritionist” are used almost interchangeably.
Maine is one of the 35 states that require nutritionist to be licensed. The four types of Board-issued licenses a nutritionist can qualify for are:
The requirements for earning a license to practice nutrition (dietetic license) are:
The requirements for earning a dietetic technician license in Maine are:
Temporary licenses can be issued to persons who meet all qualifications but have not yet taken the exam. Non-renewable temporary licenses are valid for one year.
There is one on-campus school in Maine that offers a degree in nutrition/dietetics. There are also approximately six fully accredited online schools from which you can obtain your degree. Online schools provide the convenience of being able to take courses in your own home at any time of the day or night. Courses you might take for a degree in nutrition include:
Licensed nutritionists fill a wide variety of job functions, including:
The job of a licensed dietetic technician might include:
Employers of licensed nutritionists and technicians include:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are currently about 240 dieticians/nutritionists in Maine who are earning between $42,745 and $81,750 a year. The median wage is $59,750. Job growth for these professionals is described as good with an expected 10 percent job increase in the next 10 years.
Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND )- an affiliate of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the country.