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Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in Illinois

Earning your license as a dietitian in Illinois can be less daunting than you might have believed. The information listed on this page may be of help to you to get a more clear picture of the kind of nutritionist and dietitian programs that are available in Illinois, along with the salary & career related information.

Campus-based vs. Online Nutritionist Education in Illinois

One of the requirements for licensure in Illinois is the completion of a nutritional or food science degree, according to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

Nutrition Dietetics

Students who live in rural areas, or those with family obligations who are able to manage their time and responsibilities, may benefit from the flexibility online programming provides and may allow them to take classes when they have the time. Some online nutritionist schools can offer complete degrees in nutrition while others may offer only specific courses. Be sure to check with your school to determine graduation requirements.

Illinois Nutritionist Salary and Employment Outlook

As of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in Illinois earned a median annual wage of $50,370 (BLS.gov/oes, 2012). The following table provides nutritionist salaries by city. This table is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics for the state of Illinois.

Nutritionist Salary in Illinois By City
2012 Annual Mean Wage
Springfield
62460
Rockford
51140
Chicago
50720
St. Louis
47470

According to the BLS, the recent rise in health promotion and food preparation is expected to increase the nationwide employment growth of nutritionists and dietitians (BLS.gov/ooh, 2012). The BLS projects that from 2010 to 2020 job growth in the field could be 26 percent nationwide. These professionals may be in demand due to the importance diet and nutrition have in preventing heart disease and diabetes. As well, nursing homes nationwide are expected to experience an increased demand for nutritionists and dietitians as the aging population may require special dietary needs, the BLS notes.

Illinois Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Requirements

According to the University of Illinois, the state requires dietitians to be licensed. This enables them to become an LD, or licensed dietitian. The University of Illinois also notes that anyone can use the term nutritionist and that there are no requirements for it within the state. Students may also wish to become a registered dietitian, which is often a national certificaiton, and allows them the put the credentials RD after their name. More information, including education and training requirements for dietitians can be found on our Illinois nutritionist and dietitian page. Additional information is also available on the website for the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

  • Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, 100 West Randolph, 9th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601
  • Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, 320 West Washington Street, Springfield, Illinois 62786
  • Phone: 217 785 - 0820

Nutritionists and dietitians can be more to their community than purveyors of vitamin supplements. These food-science advocates may help with the nutrition of sick patients by giving them prescribed diets.

Sources:
Becoming a Registered Dietitian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, College of Food Science & Human Nutrition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dietitians and Nutritionists, 2012,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, Dietitians and Nutritionists, May 2012,
Commission on Dietetic Registration, Laws that Regulate Dietitians/Nutritionists,
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, Dietitian Nutritionist

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