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Nutritionists promote health and the prevention of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension among groups and communities, through good food habits. Nutritionists carry out research and educational programs to help individuals, groups, and entire communities reduce their health risks through nutrition programs. Most nutritionists are also registered dietitians (RDs) with advanced education and/or experience.
Nutritionists work for international, federal, state and local health agencies (such as public health departments), educational
settings, sports programs, and food/health-related industries.
According to the BLS, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 5,900 openings for dietitians and nutritionists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Nutritionists should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.
Connecticut does not require certification or licensure for nutritionists, but some employers may.
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