State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Maine

Maine Nutritionist Certification

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.

Nutritionist Certification and Licensing in Maine

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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:

  • Dietitian License
  • Temporary Dietician License
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Temporary Dietetic Technician

The requirements for earning a license to practice nutrition (dietetic license) are:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college/university
  • Major in Human Nutrition, Dietetics or Food System Management
  • 900 hours of clinical nutrition experience
  • Adhere to a code of ethics
  • Pass exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

The requirements for earning a dietetic technician license in Maine are:

  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college
  • A concentration on human nutrition or dietetics
  • Pass dietetic technician exam

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:

  • Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Statistics
  • Introductory and Advanced Nutrition
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Medical Nutritional Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Medical Terminology
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Human Metabolism and Nutrition

Nutritionist Job Description and Job Opportunities in Maine

Licensed nutritionists fill a wide variety of job functions, including:

  • Providing nutritional counseling to patients or clients
  • Preparing diet plans for individuals
  • Performing nutritional assessments
  • Supervising food production
  • Analyzing nutritional contents of prepared and other foods
  • Designing nutritional content labels
  • Teaching nutrition to high school or college students
  • Giving public presentations on nutrition
  • Designing food programs for diabetes and other special needs patients

The job of a licensed dietetic technician might include:

  • Assisting licensed nutritionists/dieticians in any setting
  • Providing general nutritional counseling
  • Helping to prepare nutritional publications

Employers of licensed nutritionists and technicians include:

  • Hospitals, medical clinics, rehab facilities
  • Child and adult day-care centers
  • Charitable food programs
  • Nutrition/food-oriented government agencies
  • Spas, resorts, hotels
  • Fitness centers
  • Public school districts / private schools
  • Independent-and assisted-living facilities for seniors
  • Food manufacturers
  • Health food stores
  • Colleges / universities
  • Research labs

Nutritionist Salaries and Job Growth in Maine

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.

Nutritionist Organization or Associations in Maine

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.

 

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