Nutritionist: Nutrition and High Blood Pressure

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2010 Median Pay| $53,250 per year 
$25.60 per hour|
Entry-Level Education| Bachelor’s degree|
Work Experience in a Related Occupation| None|
On-the-job Training| Internship/residency|
Number of Jobs, 2010| 64,400|
Job Outlook, 2010-20| 20% (Faster than average)|
Employment Change, 2010-20| 12,700|

What they do
Some dietitians and nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals. Others work with groups of people who have similar needs. A dietitian or nutritionist might, for example, plan a diet with reduced fat and sugar to help overweight people lose weight. Interesting facts

In recent years, there has been increased interest in the role of food in promoting health and wellness, particularly as a part of preventative healthcare in medical settings. The importance of diet in preventing and treating illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for people with these conditions.   Appealing Aspects

One of the most appealing aspects of choosing a dietitian major is that it enables graduates to work in various related positions. For example, many graduates become private nutritionists, meaning that all types of people come to them for advice on how to eat right. Some dietitians choose to work for colleges or food distributors. Others may prefer to work with those who are ill or need a special diet, in which case a hospital, nursing home or treatment center may be the best option for a job. Dietitians tend to have opportunities in various fields that involve advising people on what to eat, so jobs often are easier to come by than they are in other fields. Non-Appealing Aspects

On the other hand, a dietitian major is quite specific, meaning graduates in this field may have a hard time finding a job...
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