Sports Nutritionist

Bri Wawiorka

Description of Perfession

  • Help enhance lifelong health, fitness, and sports performance
  • Translate latest scientific evidence into recommendations
  • Provide education and counseling to athletes (on-site and travel) and to health/wellness programs
  • Maintain professional competency and skills required

Certifications Necessary

  • Registered dietitian with active registration by Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association
  • Licensing varies state to state
  • For Missouri:

  1. 900 hours clinical experience
  2. Pass exam (Food and Nutrition, nutritional care processes, counseling and communication abilities, and food service systems managment

Daily Activities

  • Meal plans for training table and travel
  • Recommendations for pre-, during, and post exercise (fluids & snacks)
  • Provide nutrition counseling
  • Serve as resource for coaches, teachers, trainers, and parents
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Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in clinical nutrition, food and nutrition, or related area
  • Completion of didactic program in dietetics
  • Supervised practice in a program approved by Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Educations (CADE)
  • Min 2 years experience in Nutrition counseling


  • Average $49,590
  • In Missouri $54,870
  • Varies depending on geographic location

Practice setting

  • after school programs
  • fitness centers
  • weight reduction programs
  • major sports teams
  • military bases

Job Outlook

21% job growth due to general public's increased awareness about the importance of good nutrition.

Skills Necessary

  • Communication skills
  • Accurately measure height and weight
  • Accurately assess body composition and energy balance
  • Knowledge of eating disorder's signs and symptoms
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations (NCAA, USADA, and WADA) on banned drugs
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