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For you to have a job that gives you the ultimate joy and happiness, the job must be one that suits your needs and interest. However, it is a great feeling to have a job that meets your needs and interest, but the pay-check at the end of the month or the year should be one that motivates you to do better at your job.

Thinking about the amount you will earn can also be a form of distraction for you from choosing the right career path you really want. True, money is important, it does guarantee happiness to a certain degree, but you have to put into consideration your personal attributes and skills before going on a career path.

Choosing the career path of a nutritionist, you have to be someone who is a great listener and is ready to help others. Nutritionists are experts in the field of health, who love healthy eating, and they create meal plans to suit people in different works of life to help them stay healthy. Thinking of how to become a nutritionist in Nigeria? you need to put into consideration your passion and interest.

Average Take Home of a Public Health Nutritionist

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Diet plans consisting of healthy food are formulated by an experienced nutritionist (Source: Unsplash)

Public Health Nutritionists are nutritionists who work in public sectors and are keen on helping the community at large improve their nutritional health. New techniques and strategies are implemented by the nutritionist to making healthy eating easier and enjoyable for the community.

Public health nutritionists work in universities, schools, or hospitals; they make the benefit of healthy eating known to the community and also create new and interesting recipes. A public health nutritionist should be registered before they start working, and then comes the question of how to become a registered nutritionist? all you need do is to obtain a degree from an accredited university and join the Institute for Dietetics in Nigeria (IDN).

As a registered public health nutritionist that is just starting in the field, you can make between  ₦75,000 to ₦100,000 monthly depending on the job location and the employer. After a few years of working at the job and gaining experience, the expected payment will increase.

Average Take Home of a General Nutritionist

Sports nutritionist manage and maintain athletes health and performance, by encouraging them to take nutritious meals (Source: unsplash)

Want to be a nutritionist? Where to study nutrition is what is next in your mind; the answer is simple: an accredited university in Nigeria is your best option.  A graduate of nutrition from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, with a BSc degree, can work as a general nutritionist.

A General nutritionist often works in schools, hospitals,  and got for nutritionist jobs in hospitals, fitness, or specialized catering jobs. Their work at these places includes assessing the client's health and coming up with the best meal plan that contains a lot of nutrients to avoid chronic diseases associated with poor feeding habits.

In addition, most of the clients in question suffer from complex health issues such as obesity, eating disorders, or diabetes, e.t.c. They need the help and support of a qualified nutritionist to get back into good health. The nutritionist creates meal plans for each client based on the client's nutritional needs.

Meeting client’s dietary goals is the major drive of the best nutritionist, and the duties they owe their clients in other to give them the best nutritious lifestyle is to inspire the clients to make healthy changes to their living.

A nutritionist who is registered in Nigeria, and is fresh out the university can expect to get a starting pay of about ₦720, 000 to ₦960,0000 yearly. Afterward, the salary can increase to ₦1,200,000  yearly, depending on the number of years of experience the nutritionist have in their field.

Moreover, a general nutritionist that works in a private organisation will definitely get paid more by conducting more personal consultation for individual clients.

Average Take Home of a Nutritionist working in the private sector

Fruits are a major source of vitamins and minerals to the body. (Source: Unsplash)

A nutritionist that works in the private sector must have had a degree in nutrition from an accredited university or have an online certification in nutrition. They prefer to open their private business rather than working in the public sector.

To practice privately as a nutritionist has some pros and cons. The advantages include personally helping clients meet their dietary goals, working with flexible hours, specializing in areas that matter to them, and earn a higher income.

However, the disadvantages of practicing privately include constantly sourcing for clients, the thought of being out of a job if clients do not come and providing of all tools and equipment needed for the business to run, which will have been easily provided if it was in the public sector.

Nevertheless, working in the private sector helps the nutritionist focus on a client at a time, which helps in creating a long-lasting bond between the nutritionist and the clients.

As a nutritionist that works privately, they are paid either hourly, per session or per project. Nutritionist in this sector make more money, they get paid between ₦ 25,000 to as high as ₦70,000 per project.

Average Take Home of a Sports Nutritionist

Regular intake of vegetables and fruits is essential as they contain lots of fiber, that helps the easy movement of the bowel. (Source: Unsplash)

Another of nutritionist jobs options is working as a sports nutritionist, to be a sports nutritionist; you have to be passionate about sport and helping athletes achieve their goals.

Getting to know client's short or long-term goal is important and it helps the nutritionist to customise an appropriate program for the client, the kind of program created for the athletes will depend on how fast the athlete wants to reach his/her goal.

A sports nutritionist can works in places such as fitness centers, universities, working for athletic clubs and sports teams.

A sports nutritionist works with athletes either in a group or individually, during their sessions with the athletes they teach them ways to effectively improve their performance, work with a nutritious and healthy diet and also maintain their appropriate weight for their performance.

A sports nutritionist understands the effect food has on the human body, then advises and guides athletes on their nutritional plan that will help them perform well in their game. A sports nutritionist must have a wide range of scientific knowledge and should also be able to determine the biochemical and physical composition of an athlete’s body. A Sports nutritionist that is qualified and has registered with the sports regulatory bodies might choose to work in the public sector. The expected salary will be approximately ₦90, 000 monthly; however; the work experience and their expertise can also make the income go higher.

For sports nutritionists that decide to work in the private sector, where they work with professional athletes, they can earn as much as the athlete is willing to pay them.

Helpful Tips From Experienced Nutritionist

One of the main reasons why people consult with a nutritionist is to get helpful tips that help them stay healthy; having the knowledge of healthy tips can go a long way in your healthy life as a whole.

Some useful tips which will help you stay healthy from a qualified nutritionist are stated below:

  • Store more of healthy foods in your fridge: when going shopping for groceries, shop for more of proteins, healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables, that way you will be able to stay away from junk food, which will help you to reduce your craving for them.
  • Stay hydrated: for people who take coffee or wine, drinking wine or coffee is not the same as drinking water, they don't keep you hydrated. Studies suggest one six-ounce glasses of water for every glass of wine or coffee you drink. Nutritionist recommends no more than half glass of wine per day and also advise to make use of smaller glasses to limit your pour and focus on taking smaller sips per time.
  • Avoid the use of pills for detox: the use of pills to detox is what is in vogue in today’s world, but then the body already has a detoxification system that allows the body to identify toxins, convert, process and eliminate them. But for the detoxification system to be active, it needs specific nutrients such as glucoraphanin; this is found abundantly in broccoli florets. The glucoraphanin present in broccoli works for 72 hours for you to detoxify effectively, eat broccoli at a minimum of once every three days.
  • Eat protein: Incorporate a reasonable sum of protein in your meals for the early hours of the day (breakfast and lunch). Protein foods such as cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and boiled eggs, et.c. Having protein in the morning helps stabilise your blood sugar, which in turn helps with your mood and concentration throughout the day.

Having the right qualification and becoming a registered nutritionist is a career path for those who are passionate and interested in good health, helping people, and wellness as a whole.

The salary earned by a nutritionist might not make you rich overnight, but then, you have a job that you are passionate about and the fulfillment you derive in helping others, which in itself brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. You will get to have a comfortable life as well.


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