You have completed, or nearly completed, your nutrition education. So now what? As you decide on your path the questions arise. Do you want a job? Do you want to work for yourself? The type of education you have will help you make this decision.

Your training will determine if you are a "Nutritional Consultant," which is geared more toward the holistic field, or if you are a "Nutritionist" or "Registered Dietitian," being more geared to scientific clinical nutrition.

A Nutritionist or Dietitian may find a job with a larger corporation organizing or studying research, or even helping in the development of dietary supplements. Another area of work is with clinics or hospitals providing medical or clinical nutrition consults. All areas are rewarding careers, both financially and mentally.

Then there is the Nutritional Counselor, more holistically trained with focus being more on the entire body as opposed to the science of food. They are generally knowledgeable in food and food supplement therapies as well as other holistic modalities which may include massage or even colonic therapy.

In today's economy, it is important to set up your own future. You have many possibilities to expand your nutrition education and take charge of your income. For example, as your experience accumulates, it is possible go on to educate others by writing books, becoming a teacher, or helping more clients on an individual basis. These "extras" that come with experience are valuable tools that you can use to set up a future or a secondary income.

You can give yourself a better chance at guaranteeing your income by receiving education in both types of nutrition; holistic and clinical. Both sides are important aspects of health and can work together to benefit all clients, patients or even open the door in research.

Scientific or clinical knowledge is important as it is becoming widely know that food choices may lessen symptoms or may even heal in some clients. The food sciences also benefit those working with clients who put higher demands on their bodies, such as athletes.

The Nutritional Counselor is also important. More people are turning to holistic health and nutrition as an alternative to traditional Western medicine. We are now learning that a type of "cleansing diet" is beneficial as it takes less energy for the digestive process, leaving more energy for the healing process. It is also widely known that holistic practices such as food combining and elimination diets are very helpful for those with common gastrointestinal complaints.

Receiving an education in both, clinical and holistic, you find more possibilities for your future. Clients and patients everywhere are looking for professionals who will help them find an alternative to medications they are tired of taking or cannot afford.

Look for those extra classes, go on-line and see how many people are affected by food choices. The information is vast and as Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Your future is out there - be sure it's a good one.

Author's Bio: 

Cindy is a Certified Nutritional Counselor and Colon Therapist and has been working in the field for 15 years. Begin a holistic nutrition education FREE at and learn about how to cleanse the colon and how to do a nutritional colon cleanse.