Best nutritionist certifications for 2024 (Fortune)

Posted: May 28, 2024 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Fortune on May 28, 2024.


Best nutritionist certifications for 2024

By Brad Haft and Preston Fore

We all could probably eat a little better—whether that be cutting back on sugar and sodium or simply eating less processed foods. For the millions of Americans living with conditions such as hypertension or diabetes, having a healthy diet is paramount. However, one of the biggest barriers to this is a lack of knowledge. That’s where nutritionists come in. 

Nutritionists are experts in food and healthy eating habits, but learning these skills can be complicated. For those looking to learn the basics of nutrition—either as an exploratory phase or as a compliment to personal training or health coach education—taking a nutritionist certification is a popular step. Fortune Education’s inaugural ranking of the best nutritionist certifications for 2024 hopes to guide you in exploring this career pathway.


Best for on-the-go learning: American Council on Exercise (ACE)

ACE Fitness’s nutrition specialist teaches students the foundations at the intersection of nutrition education and behavior change. The program notably has a lecture focused on the scope of an ACE nutrition specialist versus registered dieticians and other medical professionals. It also provides guidance on how individuals can grow a business. Overall, the program equips students with scientifically backed nutrition knowledge to share with future clients. 

Why we picked it: ACE Fitness uses a variety of mediums to educate its students, including an eBook, podcast, recorded videos, and online quizzes. Paired with its mobile app for its textbooks, ACE provides many options for those with busy schedules to learn on the go.

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