Nutrition Education: Secure a Job with Real Job Satisfaction
By JustineBennett on August 15, 2014
Dissatisfaction is one of the major issues for workers at the moment. Many jobs, including high rewarding ones, are not fulfilling enough for individuals to stay in their jobs for long. This has resulted in a shortening of an employee’s time in any particular position and a rise in employee turnover.
Yet there are a number of jobs out there which do offer significant opportunities for satisfaction. Working in nutritional education is one such career option.
The demand for those who are working as nutritional advisors and similar roles is increasing. There is a renewed interest from the public to have a healthier diet and governments are now more inclined to provide support to reduce the growing obesity problem.
Charities are also looking to hire significant numbers of nutritional advisors to support their campaigns both domestic and foreign.
Between 2010 and 2020, the need for nutritional advisors is expected to grow by 20%. This far exceeds the average increase in the number of opportunities available across other sectors.
Who Could You Work For?
There are a number of different opportunities for those looking to work within nutritional education. There are positions available within the public health department, government and nonprofit organizations educating the public on correct eating habits.
Working within medical departments you would be responsible for helping patients who may have specific dietary requirements, have mental health issues or who have not been eating properly to maintain a balanced diet. This work could be clinic based or you could visit your patients’ homes to offer support.
Another option is to pursue a career in schools, teaching children about healthy eating and food safety. Alternatively you could work at a health club helping the members to stay fit and healthy or to lose weight.
The options are not just limited to the U.S. Nutritional educators could work abroad in developing countries helping to support local communities who have suffered shortages in food or from poor diets. The scope for travel is immense and you may love the adventure of travelling the world and meeting new people.
What Jobs Could You Take?
The main two types of jobs available in this field are dietitians and nutritionists. These positions are about advising an audience such the public, patients or clients to maintain a healthy diet.
These roles can be tough at times, especially when the audience is not receptive of your advice or if you are dealing with those who have health concerns. You might also see some distressing sights if you travel abroad or work with vulnerable individuals.
Yet research has often found that these positions offer high job satisfaction and have a low turnover rate. Those working in these positions also report a high degree of enjoyment from making a difference in the lives of those they advise.
To secure a position within this industry requires a good educational background. A degree is normally the minimum requirement. Degrees offer the foundation skills to students to teach others about a good diet and nutritional intake.
Yet with competition fierce for the top positions in the industry and to allow you to progress continuously throughout your career, sometimes further education is wise. Taking further nutrition education will demonstrate your commitment to the position as well as offer you additional opportunities for career progression and good pay.
Skills Required For These Positions
As the majority of your work will be around food and drink it would certainly be beneficial to have a love for food. Knowing how to cook various meals from scratch with a variety of locally grown and exotic ingredients will support your application.
Whatever job you take you will need strong presentation skills. Your work will often involve giving talks to small or large groups of individuals, some of whom may not be initially interested in what you have to say. Grabbing their attention and making them listen is a key component of the work.
To aid this being a friendly and approachable person is important. At the end of meetings you will likely be asked questions and having a friendly demeanor will allow people to feel comfortable when seeking your advice.
As writing information in leaflets, documents and other material will be a common task, strong writing skills would be a great asset.
Being a nutritional educator can be a richly rewarding position and with demand for trained individuals continuing to increase; now is the right time to consider joining this essential profession.