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Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in New Jersey

For information on the journey to becoming a nutritionist in New Jersey, including tips on nutritionist and dietitian programs in New Jersey, how to become a dietitian in New Jersey, and salary and career outlook for nutritionists and dietitians in the state, please refer to this page’s subheads.

Campus-Based vs. Online Nutritionist Education in New Jersey

Subject-wise classes (dietetics, nutrition, biology, anatomy, writing, management, etc.) may be required to be taken up by nutrition students in New Jersey.

Online programs may provide flexibility to working students who may want to earn their degree without giving up their career. Students busy with family obligations may also benefit from the ability to take classes online and work toward earning their health science degree.

New Jersey Nutritionist Salary and Employment Outlook

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported that as of 2011, there were 1,210 nutritionists and dietitians employed in the state, primarily in the health care and social assistance employment category. New Jersey does not offer specific employment projects for professions, and as such there are no state-specific growth statistics for nutritionists or dietitians in the state. As of 2011, nutritionists and dietitians in New Jersey earned a median annual wage of $60,780 (lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor, 2012).

The following table provides salaries in state by county.

Dietitian & Nutritionist Salary in New Jersey By County
2011 Annual Median Wage
Atlantic County
$70,000
Mercer County
$61,730
Cumberland County
$60,680
Warren County
$63,060

This table is based on data from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for 2011 (lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor, 2012).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the recent focus on food as an integral part of a health and wellness program for its role in preventing illnesses and diabetes such as heart disease and diabetes is expected to increase the nationwide employment growth of nutritionists and dietitians 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 (BLS.gov, 2012).

New Jersey Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Requirements

According to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), the state of New Jersey has no restrictions on becoming a nutritionist and requires no license for dietitians. Additionally, the state does not restrict the use of the titles dietitian or nutritionist. Certification as a registered dietitian or as dietetic technician, registered, is still available from the CDR in the state of New Jersey and may help distinguish credentialed dietitians from their non-credentialed competition. Credentials are also available from the New Jersey School Nutrition Association.

Nutritionists and dietitians can be much more to their community than purveyors of vitamin supplements. Nutritionists and dietitians may help manage the nutritional intake of sick patients with prescribed diet changes for those with food-related allergies or diseases.

Sources:

Department of Labor and Workforce Development, State of New Jersey, Employment and Wages, 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dietitians and Nutritionists, July 18, 2012,
School Nutrition Association, SNS Credentialing, 2013, 
Commission on Dietetic Registration, Laws that Regulate Dietitians/Nutritionists, 

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