In Canada, Nutritionists and Dietitians are classified under the same job code but they have different educational requirements. Recently, there has been a substantial increase in the number of professionals needed in the area of Nutrition due to a number of factors: aging of the population, concerns about the quality of the foods and the development of healthy eating habits, increased funding from the government to support the health sector initiatives, and the continuous growth of the problems due to obesity, diabetes, and other issues linked to our alimentation.
According to the official government sites such as Services Canada and the Job Bank, these trends will continue over the next few years – thus the outlook of employment is very positive, with the average annual growth of 2.7% in the period of 2012-2016 (over 3 times the growth anticipated in all other occupations).
The median wage estimation from the Government of Canada Job Bank for Nutritionists and Dieticians in BC is $31/hr.
Income will largely depend on whether the individual has an independent practice, or is employed on a full- or part-time basis.
Potential career paths for graduates of the Applied Nutrition Science Diploma program include:
- Weight Loss Clinics and Centres
- Sports Nutrition Clinics
- Health Food Stores
- Health-Conscious Restaurants
- Catering Companies
- Fitness Centres
- Private practice (mobile or stationary)
- Corporate Wellness
- Community Education
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