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Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in Nebraska

Learn about the educational requirements for dietitians and nutritionists in Nebraska along with employment projections and salary information. For more information on how to become a nutritionist in Nebraska, click the links on the right for dietitian and nutritionist educational programs, certification and training.

Campus-based vs. Online Nutritionist Education in Nebraska

Most states require dietitians to have a bachelor's degree. Coursework for programs at nutritionist schools in Nebraska can include general education courses as well as college algebra, chemistry and biochemistry, biology, psychology, statistical methods, nutrition, the science of food, cultural aspects of food and nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education in the community and organization and administration in foodservice. Internships or clinical practice are usually also required. A solid background in math and science is normally required for admission to a bachelor's degree program in dietetics and nutrition.

Students who want the full college experience at Nebraska nutritionist and dietitian schools will probably choose campus-based programs. Students who are employed, those with family responsibilities or those who don't live near a college campus may find online nutritionist and dietitian programs in Nebraska more convenient. However, clinical practice or internships are normally completed on site.

Nebraska Nutritionist Salary and Employment Outlook

The national employment outlook for nutritionists and dietitians will be faster than average between 2010 and 2020 at 20 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the employment outlook for Nebraska is lower at 12 percent (bls.gov/ooh, 2012).

National mean annual wages in 2012 for dietitians and nutritionists were $56,170 while Nebraska nutritionists and dietitians earned $48,360 (bls.org/oes, 2013). The following table provides mean annual wages for specific Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and nonmetropolitan areas:

Nebraska MSA & Nonmetropolitan Areas
2012 Occupational Employment Wage Estimates
Lincoln MSA
$46,500
Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
$54,340
Central Nebraska
$50,060
Northeastern Nebraska
$52,380
Southeastern Nebraska
$32,990

Information in this table is based on 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics information.

As Americans live longer, nutrition and how it can promote good health and stave off disease has become increasingly important, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a consequence, the need increases for dietitians and nutritionists who provide counseling about diet modification as well as medical nutrition therapy.

Nebraska Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Requirements

Almost all states regulate nutritionists and dietitians through licensing, statutory certification or registration. For states that require licensing, practicing without one is illegal; for states that require statutory certification, you can not use certain titles (which vary by state) if you don't have the proper degree, and states that require "certification" only provide minimal oversight, according to Today's Dietitian Magazine. The majority of states require licensure for dietitians.

Only a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist (LMNT) can provide nutrition care in Nebraska and only a Registered Dietitian (RD) is eligible for state licensure by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. To be licensed, an RD must be in good standing with the CDR and have passed an examination administered by the Commission. Practicing without a license is illegal. Additional information about licensing is available.

Dietitians and nutritionists are increasingly important partners in the healthcare community as the nation realizes what an impact nutrition and diet can have on overall good health and disease prevention. With healthcare projected to be one of the top growth industries, careers in dietetics and nutrition show great potential in many different healthcare segments.

Sources:
American Dietetics Association, "Licensure HOD Backgrounder," Fall 2011, http://www.reallyeatright.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/HOD-Licensure-Backgrounder-2011-07-22-11.pdf
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, "May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wages Estimates: Nebraska," http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ne.htm
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, "Dietitians and Nutritionists," May 14, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm
CareerOneStop, Occupational Profile, "Dietitians and Nutritionists: Nebraska," http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=011000000&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=291031&stfips=31&x=43&y=14
Center for Nutrition Advocacy, "Nebraska Current Law," http://www.nutritionadvocacy.org/nebraska
Today's Dietitian, "Licensing Legislation - Is it a Matter of Public Safety or Monopoly?," Lori Zanteson, November 2012, http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/111412p46.shtml
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Dietetics, Education & Human Sciences," http://bulletin.unl.edu/undergraduate/major/Dietetics
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Dietetics, Program Definition," http://cehs.unl.edu/nhs/undergrad/dietetics.shtml

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