Naturopathic nutritionists apply the principles of naturopathy to help their clients create dietary plans that promote wellness. A naturopathic doctor must hold a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree, while nutritionists require a bachelor's degree in a field related to nutrition.
A naturopathic nutritionist creates eating programs that seek to promote wellness through a balance of healthy foods. The core belief of naturopathic nutrition is that sickness can be cured by proper nutritional balance, not merely alleviated with pharmaceuticals. The naturopathic nutritionist may be a nutritionist who focuses on naturopathy, or a naturopathic doctor who uses nutrition as treatment. Education requirements vary by position, but prospective naturopathic nutritionists should seek a bachelor's degree in a nutrition-related field at a minimum.
|Required Education||Bachelor's degree in nutrition-related field; further schooling such as Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine required for candidates wishing to become naturopathic doctors|
|Other Requirements||Candidates must have a firm grasp of holistic healing and naturopathy|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||16% (for all nutritionists and dietitians)|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$57,910 (for all nutritionists and dietitians)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Naturopathic Nutritionist Salary and Job Outlook Info
Although not every nutritionist practices naturopathy, their salaries may fall along the same lines. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, nutritionists and dietitians earned a median annual wage of $57,910 (www.bls.gov). Jobs for these professionals were projected by the BLS to increase by 16% from 2014-2024, which is faster than average.
Information compiled by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) shows that while the average income for an experienced naturopathic doctor is between $80,000 and $90,000 a year, some made upwards of $200,000. The salary for a naturopathic nutritionist will be largely dependent on the amount of training they have completed and the setting in which they practice.
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Naturopathic Nutritionist Career Overview
Naturopathic nutritionists meet with clients and assess their overall feeling of health and any wellness goals they may have. Applying the six principles of naturopathy, they create a system of eating that will rid the body of any nutritional imbalances and allow the body to heal itself without any foreign substances, such as antibiotics. A naturopathic doctor will often prescribe nutrition therapy specifically to treat disease. Because naturopathy is holistic, in that it deals with the mind, body and spirit, nutrition therapy might be only one component of naturopathic treatment. A naturopathic nutritionist will work with other naturopathic practitioners, such as acupuncturists, to treat an individual.
There are no set standards of licensure or certification for naturopathic nutritionists, but as practicing nutritionists they must follow the regulations set by the state in which they wish to practice. At least a four-year degree in a nutrition-related field is required. After obtaining a bachelor's degree, naturopathic or holistic training is undertaken. Several colleges offer master's degrees in naturopathic nutrition. Students who wish to practice nutrition therapy as a naturopathic doctor must obtain a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree.
Naturopathic nutritionists work with clients to assess their health and use the principles of naturopathy to establish a plan for eating. While naturopathic nutritionists must follow their state's standards for nutritionists, which generally call for a bachelor's degree in nutrition, they also complete additional training in naturopathic nutrition. The median salaries for all nutritionists in 2015 was about $58,000, but naturopathic doctors could earn up to $200,000.