Sports Nutritionist

By: Julia Muchow

Description of Occupation

A sports nutritionist helps athletes improve their health and advance their performance. They do this by providing information about good nutrition, exercise, or special vitamins.
Diet & Nutrition : What Is a Sports Nutritionist?

Certifications Necessary to Practice

State dictated (Missouri):

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Pass the Registered Dietician exam
  • 900 hours of clinical experience

Daily Activities

  • Analyze patient data to determine the patient's goals
  • Provides health and wellness advice to the patient or doctor
  • Assess the individual's nutritional needs
  • Counsel people on good nutrition, and eating habits

Education Requirements

Earn a Bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related field. However, the more education you complete, the more job opportunities you will have.

Payday- What is average income? Beginning and Potential

Average income of $53,250

Low of $33,330

High of $75,480

What skills are necessary to be successful in this profession?

  • Reading comprehension - understanding work related documents
  • Active listening - listening to the patient's goals and wants
  • Critical thinking - using logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or seek improvements
  • Monitoring - assess the improvements of the patient
  • Speaking - convey information effectively
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Practice Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics
  • Cafeterias
  • for state and local governments

Job Outlook & 3 fun facts

Projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024 (that is faster than the average for all occupation).
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