Although the terms “nutritionist” and “dietician” are frequently grouped together, they have legal distinctions in Nevada. Basically, dieticians are nutritionists that have obtained a professional license by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
Nutritionists are non-licensed health care providers that offer nutrition advise and knowledge to promote healthy lifestyle for employers and clients. Currently there are no legal certification, licensure or educational requirements needed to become a nutritionist in Nevada. As a result, individual employers often set education and experience requirements.
Students interested in becoming a nutritionist in Nevada are encouraged to earn a post-secondary degree from an accredited college or university. Nutritionists frequently earn degrees in nutrition, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines or life science disciplines.
Ideally, however, students will complete a degree program with a specific concentration in nutrition. These programs are designed for students pursuing careers in nutrition and therefore provide internships, field experience, volunteer opportunities, job placement services, and supervised activities by professional nutritionists to help build strong educational foundations for success.
Examples of nutrition degree programs available in Nevada include:
According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, there were 300 dieticians and nutritionist employed throughout the state in 2010. By 2020, this number is projected to jump to 330; which equates to a 12% growth change over a ten-year time span.
As the general public continues to place greater emphasis on the role of nutrition in human health, nutritionists are craving out a wider niche in the workforce. Some of the biggest employers of nutritionist are local hospitals, nursing houses, and long-tern care facilities that cater to elderly and medical patients. The recent resurgence of a holistic care trend also opens up job opportunities in athletic clubs and wellness centers. School systems, government agencies and food service providers typically hire nutritionists as well. Examples of local employers include:
In 2013, nutritionists and dieticians in Nevada earn a median wage of $30.86/hr. and median salary of $64,100/yr., which is a higher median pay than the national average. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, the national average wage for nutritionists and dieticians is $26.88/hr. and the national average salary is $55,900/yr. Additional wage and salaries percentiles in Nevada include:
Nutritionists often become members of a professional association to stay current with statewide and national occupational trends. In addition, professional associations provide recent news, professional networking opportunities, continuing education information, organized events announcements and training programs to nutritionists practicing in Nevada. Examples of these professional associations include: