Discover Careers in Nutrition
Better nutrition and wellness have become a global movement. According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the global wellness economy netted $3.7 trillion in 2015, a growth of 10.6 percent from 2013, making it one of the fastest growing markets in the world.1 This translates into a host of new and expanded options for jobs in nutrition.
The global wellness economy grew more than 10 percent from 2013 to 2015—making it one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
Focus on Healthier Diets, Personalized Nutrition and Public Health
A growing interest in healthy eating and weight management contributed a total of $684 billion to the global wellness economy, while preventative, personalized medicine and public health accounted for $534 billion.1 Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, people are searching for solutions that fit their specific health needs, physiological makeup and lifestyles. In addition, health care’s growing focus on preventing health problems before they start or become chronic has led the industry to promote healthy eating habits.
These trends have career implications for a wide range of nutrition and wellness professionals in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, wellness programs, schools, corporations, fitness centers, weight loss businesses, public health programs and clinics, and more. Examples of specific positions include:
- Private practice dietitians and nutritionists (16% job growth from 2014-2024)2
- Health coaches
- Health education coordinators
- Community nurses
- Community health consultants
- Public health educators
- Exercise physiologists (11% job growth from 2014-2024)3
- Health promotion specialist/consultants
Wellness Tourism: A Growing Trend
Another growing area of wellness is an interest in wellness-focused vacations and getaways, which accounted for $563 billion of the wellness industry.1 Wellness tourism consists of a diverse variety of businesses, such as spas, yoga retreats, wellness resorts, fitness-oriented vacations and more. Such tourism also often focuses on healthy eating.
Programs and facilities offering wellness tourism will need professionals to help research and implement effective programming, design menus, and teach classes and workshops on incorporating healthier diets and other wellness behaviors. Potential positions in wellness tourism can include:
- Fitness center directors and instructors (8% growth from 2014-2024)4
- Wellness center directors
- Health educators
- Diet and fitness coaches
Rapid industry growth can provide graduates with a wealth of opportunities for jobs in health and wellness. To learn more about online Master of Arts in Nutrition and Wellness careers, call us at (888) 295-3104 or request more information here.
1 Global Wellness Institute Statistics and Facts, https://www.globalwellnessinstitute.org/press-room/statistics-and-facts/.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm, accessed July 25, 2017.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm, accessed July 25, 2017.
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm, accessed July 25, 2017.