For anyone who is an registered dietitian:
What kinds of jobs are available?
Is pay enough to supports a family on? What is the ballpark salary?
My brother wants to be a RD, he has done a little research and wants to specialize in either performance nutrition or diabetic research, do these require a masters or any type of specialzation degree?
thanks for any help
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Getting an RD is like a baby Masters. It requires about an extra year of work after a Nutrition/Dietetics degree. If he wants to get into Performance Nutrition, he will need to be able to market himself very well. To do so he will need to be a good sales person and it would help to be a RD but not required. It would also help to have athletic accomplishments and a hell of a physique.
If he chooses to work with Diabetics he should be comfortable in a hospital setting. If he, as you put it, wants to get into diabetic research, he should get a PhD or at least a Masters. I’m sure the RD would get picked up along that route.