Are you curious about your career options as a Nutrition Consultant? Perhaps you are wondering how Bauman College can prepare you for a career as a Nutrition Consultant?
Tiffany Hunter, an instructor in our Nutrition Consultant Online Program, shares some tips on how to achieve the career of your dreams!
Check out the article below for career tips or join us for a live interactive webinar led by Tiffany. You can also learn more about Tiffany and our other amazing instructors by visiting our faculty page.
What exactly is a Nutrition Consultant (NC)? And can you build a successful career as an NC?
Nutrition Consultants (NCs) play an important role in promoting health and wellness specifically through optimal nutrition as well as lifestyle and behavioral factors.
The key role of a NC is to educate, inspire, and empower clients (and companies, communities, health practitioners, etc.) to make healthy food choices and implement and maintain healthy habits.
This role is especially important in today’s world heavily burdened by chronic disease, malnutrition, and constant stressors.
For Nutrition Consultants who desire to build their own private practice, there is a large list of services that they can offer to clients. Specific services a Nutrition Consultant may offer include (but not limited to):
- Nutrition and wellness research, client education and coaching
- Nutritional analysis and meal planning
- Nutrition and wellness consulting, classes, and support groups
- Pantry makeovers, grocery shopping tours
- Nutrition and wellness writer/educator/instructor/speaker
- Corporate wellness and other group programs
- And more!
Some Nutrition Consultants prefer to seek employment opportunities or have a hybrid of consulting work and part time employment. When searching for jobs, do not limit your job search to the term “Nutrition Consultant”. This can be a great place to start, but consider searching similar vocations:
- Holistic nutrition consultant
- Nutrition coach
- Nutrition educator
- Conference/Public speaker
- Workshop leader or teacher
- Brand ambassador
- In-store wellness practitioner
- Nutritional product developer
- Health writer, blogger, author
- And many more!
It is important to be aware of services that Nutrition Consultants cannot legally offer
- NCs are not legally able to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or manage specific health conditions. This role strictly falls under the practice of medicine and with other licensed health care practitioners.
- NCs are most often not eligible for job opportunities designed specifically for RDs and/or CNSs in various settings.
- However, NCs can work closely with medical and holistic healthcare practitioners. These licensed health practitioners can order tests, issue diagnoses, and recommend specific protocols for their clients.
- It is recommended to check the Council of Holistic Health Educators website (www.holisticcouncil.org) frequently for specific laws regarding practicing nutrition in your state.
- During the Nutrition Consultant Program, you will have opportunities to work with sample clients.
- After successfully completing Foundations of Nutrition and Therapeutic Nutrition courses, our curriculum will lead you through a Practicum course, where you will gain hands-on experience leading a nutrition education workshop series to the community. You will also complete a comprehensive Business course where you will finish with a completed business plan and resume!
- Your education at Bauman will make you eligible to sit for the NANP Board Exam: nanp.org/board-certification.
- You will also have access to Career Services to help you as you conduct your job search and/or prepare to launch your business.
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Get the details on how to become a Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College’s 15-month ONLINE program! Complete the ‘Get Info!’ form to connect with an Admissions Representative today.