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Careers in Nutrition and Wellness

The Demand for Nutrition Professionals Is Growing

As health care shifts its focus to disease prevention and wellness, diet has become a topic of national concern. What we eat can have a major impact on our present and future health, yet many individuals may not know specifically what constitutes a healthy diet. In addition, different individuals have different dietary needs. Dietitians, nutritionists, and other nutrition and wellness professionals are needed to provide nutrition plans, programs and advice based on current scientific research. The online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness provides you with the scientific foundation that will enhance your clinical, applied and research skills.

Dietitians and Nutritionists

These professionals need to have a strong understanding of the science and research related to food, nutrition and metabolism in order to properly assess clients’ eating habits and design nutrition plans that will help them meet their goals. Job growth for dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, due in part to greater awareness of diet’s impact on health and its role in treating illnesses.1

Those with advanced degrees will have an edge in the job market and may also enjoy better job prospects. Job settings may include:

  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Nursing and residential care facilities

The average annual salary for dietitians and nutritionist in May 2016 was $58,920.

Exercise Physiologists

Fitness is an important aspect of wellness, and exercise physiologists needs to know how nutrition impacts fitness and the metabolization of food as they design programs to help clients recover from injury or manage fitness, or simply help them achieve better health.

Job growth in this field is expected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. However, as the field is relatively small, competition for jobs can be high. A Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness can help distinguish you from other candidates and present evidence of a science background.

Many exercise physiologists are self-employed, but positions can be found in hospitals and other health care facilities. The annual average salary in May 2016 was $47,340.2

Biochemists

Biochemists study biological processes, including the processes involved in nutrient absorption and metabolism. As the general population becomes increasingly aware of the scientific basis for nutrition, health and wellness, biochemists may be called on to do more research in this field, which may eventually be applied to clinical treatments and plans, health products and food engineering. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness can provide a detailed background in these processes for biochemists who are interested in studying this area in depth or serve as a stepping stone to an eventual Ph.D. for those who are interesting in pursuing a career in biochemistry.

Employment for biochemists is expected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as average for all occupations. Research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural companies and health care providers may employ biochemists. The average annual salary for biochemists in May 2016 was $82,180.3

To learn how Benedictine University can help you prepare for an advanced career in nutrition and wellness, call us at (866) 295-3104 or request more information here.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dietitians and Nutritionists, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm (visited August 22, 2017).

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Exercise Physiologists, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm (visited August 22, 2017).

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Biochemists and Biophysicists, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biochemists-and-biophysicists.htm (visited August 21, 2017).