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Become a Nutritionist in Michigan

How to Become a Nutritionist in Michigan

Like most health care professionals, nutritionists continue to become increasingly in demand throughout Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, between 2006 and 2016 the number of nutritionists employed in the state will rise by more than 2,216. This employment growth is expected to be the consequence of higher populations, expanding aging populations, increased public interest in disease prevention through nutrition, and growing public concern over obesity and diabetes throughout the United States. Those interested in starting an ambitious career as a nutritionist in Michigan will need to complete a few essential steps prior to employment.

The first step is to gain education in nutrition. In Michigan, nutritionists must hold a bachelor, master, or doctorate degree in a nutrition-related major, such as nutrition education, foods systems management, human nutrition, or foods systems management. Michigan residents will be please to find a number of institutes of higher education throughout the state offering nutrition education programs. The second step is to complete at least 900 hours of practical experience performing the professional duties of a nutritionist. Clinical training must be supervised by either a licensed nutritionist or dietitian in a health care facility.

After education and training is completed, aspiring nutritionists will need to successfully pass a competency examination in nutrition through a certification agency like the American Clinical Board of Nutrition or the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. Once certification is granted, the title of certified clinical nutritionist is awarded. As of July 1, 2007 all nutritionists working in Michigan must be licensed. Therefore, after education, training, and certification in nutrition is completed, contact the Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition and obtain a license. License renewal is dependent upon continuing education requirements, which vary between certification agencies. Licensed nutritionists in cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, and Lansing may go on to secure positions in such major hospitals as William Beaumont Hospital, Traverse City Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and Henry Ford Hospital.


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