As you complete your nutrition education, you are no doubt contemplating on what to do next. There are many career paths to choose from as you can look for a job or prepare to work for yourself. Your education will help you determine which option will be more viable.
A Nutritional Consultant is far different from a “Registered Dietitian” or “Nutritionist,” with the former being more holistic and the latter two being more scientific oriented.
A Clinical Nutritionist or Dietitian may find themselves employed with a larger corporation. Areas of work might include research studies, research organization and new food supplement development. Other areas of employment may be in hospitals or clinics providing clinical or medical nutritional consultations. These are all financially rewarding careers that can be fulfilling for many years to come.
Then there is the Nutritional Counselor, more holistically trained with focus being more on the entire body as opposed to the science of food. They are generally knowledgeable in food and food supplement therapies as well as other holistic modalities which may include massage or even colonic therapy.
Regardless of which career path you choose, in today’s economy it is wise to take charge of your future. There will be many opportunities in front of you to expand your nutrition education, giving you the chance to increase your income. As time goes on, by gaining experience, you are given a unique perspective that is valuable to others. This experience is a valuable tool that you can use to write books, teach seminars or help more clients on an individual basis. This type of extra income can help you create or solidify your financial future or give you a secondary income.
You have a better chance of guaranteeing your future income by educating yourself in both clinical and holistic nutrition. These are both important and can work together to allow clients or your employer to benefit from both ways of thinking.
Clinical or scientific knowledge is important as food choices may lessen symptoms and in some cases even heal health issues in some clients. Food science is important if you or your company works with people who put higher demands on their bodies, such as sports professionals or other athletes.
The Nutritional Counselor is also important. More people are turning to holistic health and nutrition as an alternative to traditional Western medicine. We are now learning that a type of “cleansing diet” is beneficial as it takes less energy for the digestive process, leaving more energy for the healing process. It is also widely known that holistic practices such as food combining and elimination diets are very helpful for those with common gastrointestinal complaints.
Receiving an education in both, clinical and holistic, you find more possibilities for your future. Clients and patients everywhere are looking for professionals who will help them find an alternative to medications they are tired of taking or cannot afford.
Search out those extra classes. Read books and on-line about the many people affected by food choices. As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Ensure that your good future is out there.