RD Career Path: Sports Performance
Sports dietetics is an exciting, dynamic practice area. As the marketplace evolves, demand is increasing for those with knowledge and skills that integrate nutrition with physical activity and sport. Although creating your own job continues to be a vital pathway to success, increasingly, sports dietitians are being sought for positions with universities, sports organizations, food corporations, fitness clubs, corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, and with physicians in bariatric surgery or family practice.
Having an advanced degree provides additional options in education, research, and administration. A focus on healthy body weight and treating and preventing obesity offers extensive opportunities to combine nutrition expertise with physical activity. Beyond a strong base in clinical nutrition, exercise science, and counseling, an entrepreneurial attitude and practical experience are keys to establishing a solid career in sports dietetics. Here are some tips.