People who have a passion for nutrition, food, and diet can now earn a professional credential and certification from NESTA and get a dream job or start their own nutrition business. When you complete the NESTA Nutrition Educator program, you will learn the science of how food affects health, be able to help clients find the right diet or change their diet to improve their health, know how to match people with diets that have been proven to work, understand why there’s so much conflicting information about diets and nutrition in general, and even get certified in fitness-related topics like exercise physiology or getting your trainer certification.
NESTA ( National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) has created the world’s first comprehensive, official, and accredited nutrition entrepreneurship education program designed specifically to train entrepreneurs who want to start their own nutrition business or become leaders in emerging health, wellness, and integrative medicine movement. By enrolling in NESTA’s nutrition entrepreneur training program, you will be able to earn credentials and certifications in specialized areas such as clinical nutrition coaching, vegan and vegetarian diet counseling, raw food preparation, gluten-free cooking instruction, and many more!
Nutrition is a hot topic, with countless books and programs to choose from. The bad news: Many are confusing, contradictory—or simply untrue. Nutrition science is complex, but there’s no need to reinvent it: People just need someone they trust to figure out what’s true—and what isn’t. The solution: Getting certified in nutrition gives people expert guidance on how to live healthier lives through correct information—not misinformation. And you don’t have to be a scientist to get certified. If you want to help others eat better, improve your career prospects—or even turn your passion into a business of your own—then you should consider getting certified by NESTA. By doing so, you’ll join more than 10,000 other nutrition professionals around the world who rely on our credentials as proof of their expertise and knowledge. That means that employers will know that when you say something about nutrition, it’s based on scientific evidence—not hearsay or personal opinion. You’ll also gain access to a community of experts, who can offer advice and support along your journey. We provide resources, training, and coaching to help you pass all three levels of certification (Certified Nutrition Specialist®, Certified Clinical Nutritionist®, and Certified Health Coach®). Our goal? To give every aspiring nutrition professional—whether they work in academia, private practice, or corporate wellness—the opportunity to become a NESTA-certified expert.
With an estimated 18 million health-related apps already on smartphones worldwide and over 1.2 million apps available on iTunes alone, it’s clear that interest in natural foods and diets is growing. As a result of advances in technology, health-conscious individuals are becoming more empowered than ever before to seek out resources that can help them improve their nutrition—without seeing doctors. But not all information sources are created equal, especially when it comes to supplements. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently announced that it will be offering two new certifications for professionals working with massage therapy and bodywork: Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and Certified Massage Therapist in Sports Therapy (CMT-ST). The certifications will focus on specific aspects of massage therapy, including sports massage. All candidates must pass both exams within two years; otherwise, they must retake both exams.
As more health-conscious Americans are looking to find ways to live healthy lifestyles in today’s world full of processed foods and fast-paced lives, there is increasing demand for nutritional therapists. This is where you come in: With a bachelor’s degree in anything related to nutritional science or another related field, you can be eligible to become certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through NESTA. The coursework is challenging but doable, requiring about 300 hours of study time over 12 months. Once you complete your studies and successfully pass your exam, you will receive your NTP designation—and with it comes employment opportunities that might not otherwise exist. The average salary for an NTP ranges between $50,000 and $70,000 per year; however, some practitioners make upwards of $100,000 annually!
NESTA’s certification and coursework allow you to learn about nutrition, get a professional credential and start your career as a nutrition expert, which means earning money by providing guidance based on nutrition research and helping others become healthier. NESTA offers two certification programs: The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) program and The Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CHNP) program. Regardless of which path you choose — CNS or CHNP — NESTA’s standards guarantee that when you graduate from its coursework, you’ll be qualified to pursue a promising new career in health and wellness. The courses cover everything from how to evaluate scientific literature so you can make informed decisions about what nutritional advice is worth following, to how nutrition influences sports performance and exercise, weight loss, healthy aging, and disease prevention. After completing our coursework, students are prepared to take both exams required for certification: A multiple-choice exam and an essay exam. Students will also receive a lifetime membership to NESTA’s Learning Center with unlimited access to thousands of articles, videos, and other resources designed to help them stay up-to-date on all things related to nutrition science. NESTA graduates report an average salary increase of $10,000 after becoming certified.
There are several ways to learn more about NESTA and how we’re making it possible for those with a passion for nutrition, food, and diet to turn their love into lucrative careers. We offer free webinars every month that provide valuable information about topics such as earning a living as a nutritionist; opportunities available through corporate partnerships; tips on building your brand; financial tips; where and how to find work; growing into management roles; starting your practice or business; working abroad; continuing education options outside of NESTA and much more. If you want to continue learning about nutrition and health, there are many online resources available. You can even browse our comprehensive directory of accredited colleges and universities offering degrees in nutrition.