California WIC Program
According to the California State official website, The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program was created for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age five who have a nutritional risk.
According to the California.gov website, the WIC receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It contracts with over 80 government and non-profit agencies to provide WIC services at over 650 local WIC centers. Due to significant funding increases and arrangements with state and local businesses, the WIC continues to grow each year. This growth provides for healthy increases in Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian positions over the next decade.
The California WIC program hires Nutritionists and Dietitians, called Public Health Nutrition Consultants, in three categories, I, II and III. These individuals are entrusted with;
“The interpretation and application of scientific knowledge of nutrition in organizing and carrying out programs for the promotion of positive health, the prevention and dietary control of chronic and debilitating diseases and consultation with administrators and medical and paramedical personnel on current scientific findings in food and nutrition and their application to local health departments, area agencies on aging and other organizations.”
The three levels associate with the level of experience and seniority of each Nutritionist or Dietitian.
- Level I Nutrition Consultants are trainees, beginning their careers under close supervision from senior Consultants. Level I Consultants are tasked with routine assignments applying principles and methods of basic nutrition while developing the experience and skills necessary in the field.
- Level II Nutrition Consultants provide nutrition information and assistance to public and private agencies regarding nutrition related services they may provide or plan to provide. They plan, develop and evaluate nutritional content and information for food service programs and studies, conducts training programs and develop and evaluate program standards. Moreover, Level II Consultants are often tasked with researching and writing articles and reports for the WIC and state of California health programs.
- Level III Consultants consist of Specialists and Supervisors. Specialists provide consultation with agencies and patients requiring assistance, as well as develop, run and evaluate statewide nutrition programs. Supervisors provide general guidance to Nutrition Consultants. Supervisors, as leading Consultants, also perform nutritional consultation, as well as provide and evaluate policy within the WIC and state health department.
According to the latest positions available, and depending on the level attained, salaries for WIC Nutrition Consultants can range from $4,000 per month ($48,000 per year) to over $6,200 per month ($74,400 per year)
WIC Nutrition Consultant Requirements
Step 1: Master's Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition or a related Human Services degree.
Step 2: Become a Registered Dietitian (RD) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). (See ADA requirements here)
Step 3: Frequently review the WIC job index at www.wicworks.ca.gov/ for position openings throughout the state.