Becoming a nutrition and dietetics professional typically requires completing a specific education and training path. Here are the steps to becoming a registered dietitian/nutritionist in the United States:

  1. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree: Start by earning a bachelor's degree in nutrition or a related field. Many colleges and universities offer accredited programs in nutrition and dietetics.

  2. Complete an Accredited Dietetic Internship: After completing your bachelor's degree, you will need to complete a dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This internship will typically last anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on the program.

  3. Pass the Registration Exam: Once you have completed your dietetic internship, you will need to pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians. This exam is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and is required to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist.

  4. Obtain Licensure or Certification: Depending on the state you live in, you may need to obtain a license to practice as a dietitian/nutritionist. Additionally, you may choose to pursue certification in a specific area of nutrition or dietetics.

  5. Gain Work Experience: After obtaining your license or certification, it's important to gain work experience in the field. You may start by working in a hospital or clinic, or you may choose to work in a private practice.

  6. Continue Education: To maintain your registration as a dietitian/nutritionist, you will need to complete continuing education courses throughout your career. This will ensure that you stay up-to-date with the latest research and trends in nutrition and dietetics.