becoming a nutritionist.....
- 05-02-2014, 12:31 AM
becoming a nutritionist.....
I'm recently debating the idea of becoming either certified or to get a bachelor's. The problem is I work full time on tugboats. Work one week on one week off. So a few questions would be maybe a cert would be quicker? Also what could you do with a cert? Seems that most states and mine included need you to have a bachelor's degree in nutrition. So what the heck would a cert do? Seems kinda pointless....
Anybody that could she'd some light on this would be much appreciated.
- 05-02-2014, 01:08 AM
I'm kinda in the same situation .... except I am not working at all at the moment. I've worked over 20 years in a career that has pretty much dried up in my area so I am sorta forced into career change. I have always wanted to be involved in the fitness/nutrition industry somehow. Figuring out how to get in is the hardest part as far as I can see. What cert do you get? Is a cert really going to get you anywhere? Go back to college and spend the time to get a degree? (I'm 43 so its been a long time since I was in college). Add all this to the fact that we are in a horrible economy now so finding any work is a challenge. So .... I don't really have any advice for you .... I would like to hear what others have to say in response to your post. Never give up is all I know .... that's whats keeping me going at this point.
- 05-03-2014, 03:28 AM
05-04-2014, 11:25 PM
If you want a cert check out Berardi. Only thin I would suggest is you checm with your local state laws. Some states require you be a RD in order to give nutrition advice
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05-05-2014, 05:07 PM
Depends on the state, every one is different. In general, you can usually take a course (even online) to be certified as a "nutritionist." While you'll definitely learn a lot and will be able to start consulting, this doesn't have any weight as far as being accredited. For accreditation most states require you to get a bachelor's and become a Registered Dietician or Dietetic Technician, both of which vary by state as well. Do a search on each and decide if you want to go through all of the schooling and the required (usually 9 month) internship. Instead you could do an intensive course to become a nutritionist and, if you have any entrepreneurial skills, you could build a business around that.
05-06-2014, 08:48 PM
I'm going to school to be an RD.
Check your state laws and see what's required.
Nutrition is a pretty complicated science so I honestly don't think you'd benefit much from a 6 month certification or anything.
05-16-2014, 01:04 AM
Sry such a late reply. My state law requires a degree. So since that is the case here in ga. Couldn't I still use that for diet help? I mean most bodybuilders and personal trainers give diet consultation without a degree.... but I guess if that was the case I wouldn't really need a cert except only for a selling point to clients. Lol
05-22-2014, 11:38 AM
Look into the issa master trainer program or they're exercise science associate degree program both of which can be completed online are accredited and include a course on fitness nutrition. Not to pricey either. Not saying its the best option out there but not a bad one. If I'm not mistaken nutrition is a doctorate program and that's 8 years of school (4 for your bs in chemistry, 2 for your ms in biochem and another 2 for your PhD)
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05-22-2014, 11:47 AM
05-22-2014, 07:24 PM
05-22-2014, 11:38 PM
almost graduated with my nutrition science degree, the school i am going through cant certify me as an RD but im not sure i really want to be one anyway
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