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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dietitians and nutritionists earned a mean annual salary of between $50,290 and $51,780 in May 2010. The BLS also reported that the industries with the highest concentration of employment for nutritionists and dietitians during the same period were in outpatient care centers, personal care services, and specialty hospitals.
Further, the top-paying industries for nutritionists and dietitians, as of May 2012, were: animal food manufacturing ($88,100), nondurable goods merchant wholesalers ($74,270), and federal executive branch ($69,360).
The Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board, within the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, requires all practicing dietitians in New Mexico to possess a license. Therefore, to practice in New Mexico as a registered and licensed dietitian, you must complete the following steps:
The Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board requires a current and valid Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration to qualify for licensure. And, to qualify for CDR registration, you must first complete a comprehensive dietetic education program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) that results in a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
ACEND-Accredited Education Programs in New Mexico:
The Nutrition Dietetic Practice Board also requires a license to practice as a nutritionist in New Mexico. To qualify for a nutritionist license in New Mexico,you must possess the following:
Application for a nutritionist license follows the same guidelines as a dietitian license (see Step 4).
Upon the successful completion of your ACEND-accredited dietitian education program, you must apply for and complete a competitive dietetic internship (DI) in New Mexico. Like the education programs, your DI must be accredited by ACEND. All ACEND-accredited programs include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice.
The following ACEND-accredited DI programs are located in New Mexico:
Upon the successful culmination of your DI program, you will be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam.
To apply for state licensure, you must complete the Licensure Application, have it notarized, and include the following with your application:
Mail the completed and notarized application related documents to:
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
Boards and Commissions Division
Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerril Los Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
All dietitian and nutritionist licenses in New Mexico are renewed on an annual basis. Your license must be renewed one year from its issuance. Along with a renewal application, you must show proof of your current registration with the CDR and proof of the completion of at least 15 clock hours of continuing education. If you have acquired more than 15 clock hours of continuing education, you may carry them over to the next renewal period.
You can complete your license renewal and pay the $75 renewal fee online.
To maintain CDR registration, you must complete at least 75 hours of continuing education during the five-year renewal period. Provided you have met the 15-hour continuing education requirement in New Mexico, you will be meet this 75-hour requirement and remain eligible for renewal with the CDR.