A Healthy Outlook for Careers in Functional Nutrition

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Did you know you can earn your Functional Nutrition master’s degree online at Parker University? This unique and prestigious program provides a challenging and creative learning environment. Its intensive curriculum is evidence-based and focuses on nutritional biochemistry and its application in health maintenance, treatment of disease, and disease prevention for both current and aspiring healthcare professionals.

What is Functional Nutrition?

Graduates with a Functional Nutrition master’s degree can apply research findings to issues they are sure to face out in the field as professional clinicians, consultants, educators, and researchers.

This industry does not mask important issues by prescribing medication – it strives to discover the real root of a problem and correct it by examining and understanding every aspect of someone’s overall health. People who study functional nutrition explore how the body is interconnected and how diet and nutrition play a significant role in someone’s overall well-being and livelihood. Functional nutrition professionals try to look at the whole picture by factoring in habits and lifestyle to determine what symptoms are related to – diet, lifestyle, or illness. With a functional nutrition professional’s help, many people find they can be cured by making simple nutritional or critical lifestyle changes.

After graduation, what types of Functional Nutrition jobs can I get? What does a Functional Nutrition salary look like?

In an exciting career field currently experiencing tremendous growth, there are more than an estimated 68,000 jobs to be filled. The future of this industry is right now! While graduates can earn an excellent salary for themselves, they will also be helping others make lifestyle changes and discoveries that bring about increased joy and positive change.Since functional nutrition is still a somewhat new specialty in the healthcare world, professionals may soon see drastic improvements in job growth and salary. As more and more people see the benefits, understand the practices, and seek functional nutritionists, salary earnings will only grow.

Some of the nutrition-related jobs that might be within reach after earning a Parker University degree in Functional Nutrition include:

  • Clinical dietetics/nutrition: These individuals provide medical nutritiontherapy for patients in hospitals and nursing care facilities, assessing nutritional needs, developing nutrition programs, and evaluating results.

(estimated annual salary – $60,370)

  • Food and nutrition management: Professionals hold managerialresponsibility for overseeing operational procedures, purchasing, menu planning, and budgeting aspects of clinical food service, while also hiring and training qualified staff.

(estimated annual salary – $55,109)

  • Public health nutrition: This is the science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting healththrough nutrition to achieve greater well-being by making better food and nutrition-related choices.

(estimated annual salary – $53,000)

  • Nutrition education and research: This field involves the process of teaching nutrition. Health professionals have a different role when educating an individual, community, or long-term healthcare facility.

(estimated annual salary – $45,078)

  • Private practice/consulting: These facilities and healthcare professionals focus on using healthy, natural foods to improve the health of others. Functionalnutritionists provide flexible, individualized care to help bring about healing.

(estimated annual salary – $68,600)

  • Animal nutritionist: These professionals help dictate the dietary needs ofanimals in captivity or wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

(estimated annual salary – $75,043)

  • Food technologist: These scientists research, develop, and oversee the production offood. They work on existing or newly discovered ingredients and technologies for recipes and to modify foods.

(estimated annual salary – $55,031)

  • Medical sales representative: These individuals sellmedical supplies to doctors, clinics, facilities, and hospitals. They contact potential customers to explain the features and benefits of products then negotiate a deal.

(estimated annual salary – $74,748)

  • Nutritional therapists: These experts help people improve and maintain their health through diet and

(estimated annual salary – $60,344)

Are you ready to earn a degree from one of the best Functional Nutrition programs out there?

What’s the wait? Apply online and start making your career aspirations a reality!

Wait! Before you go …

Did you know you can attend one of Parker University’s free Parker Power Weekends to learn everything about our programs offered through the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Technology? This event provides an introduction to your program of interest and gives you the beneficial experience of networking with Parker University’s program directors and faculty. Sign up to get involved in the next event!