Once you have a nutrition education, you need to think about how you will make your living. There are many ways to choose from, between getting a job and working for yourself, of course depending on what type of education you have.
Your training will determine if you are a “Nutritional Consultant,” which is geared more toward the holistic field, or if you are a “Nutritionist” or “Registered Dietitian,” being more geared to scientific clinical nutrition.
The Dietitian or Nutritionist is more likely to get a job doing research or working with larger corporations in research studies, organization of research or perhaps help in the development of new dietary supplements. Another possibility is working with hospitals and clinics providing clinical and/or medical nutrition consultations. Any of these can be fulfilling and financially rewarding.
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.
In today’s economy, it is important to set up your own future. You have many possibilities to expand your nutrition education and take charge of your income. For example, as your experience accumulates, it is possible go on to educate others by writing books, becoming a teacher, or helping more clients on an individual basis. These “extras” that come with experience are valuable tools that you can use to set up a future or a secondary income.
You can give yourself a better chance at guaranteeing your income by receiving education in both types of nutrition; holistic and clinical. Both sides are important aspects of health and can work together to benefit all clients, patients or even open the door in research.
Scientific or clinical knowledge is important as it is becoming widely know that food choices may lessen symptoms or may even heal in some clients. The food sciences also benefit those working with clients who put higher demands on their bodies, such as athletes.
On the other side of the coin is the holistic counselor. Holistic health nutrition is important as people are demanding alternatives to traditional Allopathic medicine. A type of “cleanse” may benefit all by taking excess digestive burden off the body. This is beneficial since we all know that digestion requires a very large amount of the body’s energy, and excess burden may inhibit the healing process. In addition, it is becoming more accepted that certain holistic practices, such as food combining and elimination diets, are effective at relieving 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.
Look for those extra classes, go on-line and see how many people are affected by food choices. The information is vast and as Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Your future is out there – be sure it’s a good one.