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Anyone here a nutritionist? Help out someone's career path!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 12, 2010 at 2:36 AM

Hello everyone!

For the last few months, I've been seriously considering a career change toward diet and nutrition counseling. I joke that already do some pro-bono work as I'm the go-to gal in my friends and family for questions about living gluten-free (I have for a year now full-time and three years part-time). Now I'm really getting into paleo nutrition and thinking about going back to school, studying and making it what I get paid to do.

However, I want to hear from folks who might be doing it now. I'm slightly concerned that my love for paleo will go over like a lead balloon (much like doing poly sci as a libertarian. Yikes!) Has anyone done anything similar to this? Any tips, tricks or suggestions you could give to someone in the planning stages like me? I'm sure a lot of it would depend on my future career plans. I'm more likely to be a coach or freelancer than work with a specific doctor or medical group (I'm a virtual assistant now and love the work style of owning my own business).

All your help is much appreciated!! Hope you have a great day!

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on July 22, 2010
at 09:37 PM

Thanks, Stella! I asked because I'm currently a freelance virtual assistant (something I'd continue to do even while in school), so I have some business experience. Good to hear that I'll have a bit of a leg up on that part!

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on July 20, 2010
at 10:26 PM

100% to do with business experience...

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on July 19, 2010
at 04:25 PM

Thanks for your experience Stella! I would be living in California if I did this so your insight is especially helpful! I'm curious though, is your reason for saying private practice doesn't fit the bill for most because it requires business experience or something else? Just wondering!

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on July 14, 2010
at 10:04 PM

Thank you for the input! You confirmed my suspicions that if I were to go to school and study nutrition, my crazy ideas would be in opposition to what we were being taught daily. I like the blog idea. I'm still very early in my paleo journey so I could be my first client! I've been blogging a bit of gluten-free food stuff, though mostly for the benefit of my family. I could definitely take it in the paleo direction! Again, thank you so much for the knowledge! Really appreciate it!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Carolee,

I know a couple people that were in the business. One had a MS in nutrition the other had a BS. Both had "good" jobs for the business. Notice my use of past tense. Neither of them stayed in the industry very long. First, just to get the degree you must endure hours and hours of the conventional dogma of the SAD diet. 2nd, good luck trying to implement any of your "radical" ideas about food. If people don't see a couple starches on their plate, watch out. Third and lastly, the pay was horrible. Both of these people left the industry. One went on to medical school. The other went on to become the asst. strength coach at a Big 12 football team. You can certainly go the way of Robb Wolf and/or look into a Crossfit nutrition certification. The problem is, you will have little industry credibility. I have no idea what type of liability you might incur for giving nutritional advice. With all that said. A fairly common recipe seems to be: 1. Start a blog with lots of photos. 2. Get a good following. 3. People will start to contact you asking if you can help them lose weight and etc. Help those people out. 4. Get letters of testimony and before and after pics. Good luck.

B85a65f644cb1d07df650c429facdab8

(105)

on July 14, 2010
at 10:04 PM

Thank you for the input! You confirmed my suspicions that if I were to go to school and study nutrition, my crazy ideas would be in opposition to what we were being taught daily. I like the blog idea. I'm still very early in my paleo journey so I could be my first client! I've been blogging a bit of gluten-free food stuff, though mostly for the benefit of my family. I could definitely take it in the paleo direction! Again, thank you so much for the knowledge! Really appreciate it!

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on July 15, 2010
at 03:09 PM

The term 'Nutritionist' has many different classifications here in California. I highly advise seeking out a (4) year accredited university, with programs in Human Nutrition or Food Science. I elected not to go the Dietetics-route, instead opting for clinical nutrition licensing. I also study and hope to complete my PhD in Nutrigenomics--the study of nutrients and DNA.

I've been in private practice for the past (8) years and can honestly say that it doesn't fit the bill for most licensed nutritionists / dieticians. Business experience is a must.

Yours In Health,

Stella Metsovas B.S., CCN

C213214ac850c65ed95f4ed3f9342b22

on July 20, 2010
at 10:26 PM

100% to do with business experience...

B85a65f644cb1d07df650c429facdab8

(105)

on July 22, 2010
at 09:37 PM

Thanks, Stella! I asked because I'm currently a freelance virtual assistant (something I'd continue to do even while in school), so I have some business experience. Good to hear that I'll have a bit of a leg up on that part!

B85a65f644cb1d07df650c429facdab8

(105)

on July 19, 2010
at 04:25 PM

Thanks for your experience Stella! I would be living in California if I did this so your insight is especially helpful! I'm curious though, is your reason for saying private practice doesn't fit the bill for most because it requires business experience or something else? Just wondering!

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