I wrote quite a bit about education and how to stay healthy – food, exercise, yoga, mental training, and so on. Well, maybe it’s time to take my education (and career prospects) to the next level. I really think about going for my Master’s in Nutrition. You may ask WHAT? So here’s a brief description, just in case you want to know more.
What is a Nutritionist?
Since so many facets of a person’s physical and even mental health are influenced and impacted by the way they eat the term nutritionist is really an umbrella title. It covers individuals who work in many different branches of the profession from those who work with obese patients to help them lose weight safely to those who work for one of several government agencies helping to ensure that all kinds of processed foods are safe and reasonably healthy for human consumption.
What are the Educational Requirements to become a Nutritionist?
There are a number of ways to earn a nutrition degree and a number of different levels of education that can be attained. A student may choose to stop after earning a bachelor’s degree and enter the working world immediately or continue their education and chose to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. Pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition takes longer of course but it does open the door to higher paying positions and those who are hoping to secure a position with a government agency must have at least a master’s degree in order to do so. Mediocracy doesn’t work here. You’ve got to take the high road.
The Best Schools Offering a Masters in Nutrition
As more and more people become conscious about what they eat the demand for qualified nutritionists is increasing so, therefore, the number of schools offering a master’s degree in nutrition is too. Students can even choose to pursue an online degree, which does allow them to continue working whilst furthering their education.
For those looking for an on-campus experience, Boston University has a well respected and long established Masters in nutrition Science that provides a well-rounded education that will prepare students for a career in any of the branches of the profession. One of the advantages of taking a campus-based Master’s in Nutrition is that students get plenty of hands-on experience in the field as well as classroom learning, something that is not usually offered with an online degree program.
Other well-respected schools offering a Master’s in Nutrition include Drexel University, Brigham Young University, and NYU. Most of the “big” online schools offer their own Master’s in Nutrition degree programs as well. These programs are perfect for those who after completing a Bachelor’s degree want or need to get out into the working world as soon as possible. In fact, I already run my own online business, so I’m really focused on how to improve my AdWords score (Google’s rating of your online presence’s quality and relevance).
What Specific Jobs Are There for Nutritionists?
The professional nutrition field is a very diverse one and the employment opportunities are very varied. You can find white-coated clinical nutritionists on the staffs of hospitals all over the country and other medical care facilities, while others may actually be found working in a commercial kitchen setting, wearing an apron. We’ll see if I go this path. I am motivated but it may be too demanding. See if there’s an option that brings me more (or similar) satisfaction with less effort! I’ll let you know soon.