What is a Dietitian Nutrition Coach? What do dietitian nutrition coaches do? How much can you earn as a dietitian nutrition coach? And what certifications do you need to become one?
In this article, I’ll tell you the answers to all these questions. But first, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tony Stephan, and I’m a dietitian business coach. I help RDs make more IMPACT and more INCOME through nutrition coaching. However, before becoming a dietitian business coach, I was an RD nutrition coach. I served thousands of nutrition coaching clients over a time span of 12 years. My successful nutrition coaching business is what led me to where I am today. Now without further ado, let’s talk about everything you need to know about becoming a dietitian nutrition coach.
WHAT IS A DIETITIAN NUTRITION COACH?
Dietitian Nutrition Coaching is very different from the typical dietitian and client interaction. It is high accountability, highly personalized, ongoing nutrition coaching that focuses on the client’s wellbeing as a whole. Most of our dietitian nutrition coaches typically work with clients for at least 6 months, minimum, if not longer than that! It also focuses on more than just nutrition alone. Through dietitian nutrition coaching, we help clients develop habits that propel them toward their health and nutrition goals. More importantly, we also work with clients to help them determine how to implement healthy, lasting habits into their lives.
WHAT DO DIETITIAN NUTRITION COACHES DO?
As mentioned above, dietitian nutrition coaches work one on one with clients virtually, long term to help their clients achieve their health goals. Dietitian nutrition coaches help clients by connecting the “knowing” to the “doing.” In most traditional settings, RDs may spend 20 minutes giving a diet education to patients that they may never see again. But as a dietitian nutrition coach, you have an ongoing relationship with your clients spanning over months and even years. In the time you will spend with your clients, you will show them how to create habits that help them achieve their nutrition and health goals.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU EARN AS A DIETITIAN NUTRITION COACH?
The truth is, the sky’s the limit! If you want it to be a side hustle and bring in some extra cash, you can do that. If you want to do dietitian nutrition coaching full time and make six figures, you can do that too. There is no “set amount of income” you would make as a dietitian nutrition coach. However, the great thing is that if you work hard and work smart, you could surpass the income of your full-time job.
In our dietitian nutrition coaching certification, we encourage our students to charge $500 per month per client for 4, 30-minute dietitian nutrition coaching sessions each month. So let’s say you have 3 clients per month, that would be an extra $1,500 per month! If you’re a dietitian, dietitian nutrition coaching could be the perfect side hustle to get the most impact and income out of your time. Not only can you change lives and create more impact as a dietitian nutrition coach, but you can also make good money doing it!
WHAT CERTIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED TO BECOME AN RD NUTRITION COACH?
There is currently ONLY one nutrition coaching certification tailored to RDs, and that’s the Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification Level 1 and Level 2. The Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification is where the term “dietitian nutrition coach” comes from. This certification exists to help dietitians like you:
- Connect your esoteric nutrition science knowledge to the art and practice of successfully coaching clients.
- Paint yourself as the nutrition expert over the Instagram gurus, nutritionists, and unqualified practitioners.
- Put theory and your formal education into practice and real-world application.
- Develop the anatomy and systems for a successful nutrition coaching program.
- Create real-world success and transformation with clients instead of just throwing information and education at them.
- Bridge the gap from clinical counseling to nutrition coaching to set clients up to achieve their goals.
- Develop a personalized and enjoyable experience for each client via a remote coaching relationship.
If you’re looking to start your own nutrition coaching side hustle, you’re in the right place. I’m proud to be a part of the movement of dietitian entrepreneurs who are making more IMPACT and more INCOME! In the Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification, we teach our students how to create a solid business structure for their online businesses and the framework to make a living doing what you love!
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