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Dietitians and Nutritionists
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of dietitians and nutritionists will grow faster the average for all occupations through 2020. One contributing factor to continued growth is the public's increasing awareness of the importance of nutrition. Another is the fact that the average age of the population is increasing rapidly, which will bring about a growing need for nutritional counseling and planning in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies. Opportunities will be excellent for dietitians and nutritionists who work for contract providers of food services, in outpatient care centers, in social assistance forms that provide services to the elderly and people with disabilities, and in offices of physicians and other health care professionals. Workers who are employed in hospitals and nursing homes that hire contractors to handle food-service operations will have less promising employment prospects. In addition, growth may be curbed somewhat by some insurance companies' unwillingness to cover the cost of nutritional therapy fees, making the services of dietitians and nutritionists unaffordable for some people.