Dietitians are considered nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
Registered dietitians are nutrition and food experts who provide evidenced based guidance.
Required to have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Completed over 1200 hours of supervised hours through an accredited internship.
Have passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration. In order to maintain this credential, they must complete a set number of professional education credits every five years.
Can work with persons with chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Provide Medical Nutrition Therapy to help reduce symptoms.
Recognized through insurance companies as a healthcare professional.
A nutritionist is someone who studied nutrition and may or may not have a degree or certificate to accompany it. There are no qualifications required for people who want to become a nutritionist, but there are degrees in nutrition for those who want to have formal training. There are some great ones out there too, but not the same as a dietitian.