Nutrigenomics is a field that studies the relationship between nutrition and genes. Diet plays a role in turning genes on and off, while genes in turn change a person's nutritional requirements. Nutrigenomicists, then, are concerned with determining the roles each element plays and finding a healthy balance for individuals.
Nutrigenomicists study genes' effects on metabolism, and consequently which nutritional elements promote the most beneficial gene behavior. By finding the right arrangement, a nutrigenomicist can help an individual feel better, be healthier, and prevent disease.
Employment in the field of nutrigenomics is expected to increase. The impact of diet is considerable among groups with illnesses like AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease, and it is likely that the demand for nutrigenomicists will increase as greater emphasis is put on this concept.
Working Conditions & Context
Nutrigenomicists typically work in laboratories. The nature of their research is exacting, and attention to detail is a must. Most nutrigenomicists work for universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. They often work with geneticists in related fields, sometimes as part of a coordinated effort.
A typical Salary Range for this career is $35,620 - $101,030 annually.
The Median Income for this career is about $65,080 annually.
Students interested in a career as a nutrigenomicist should obtain a Bachelor's degree in genomics, nutrition, microbiology, or biochemistry. They should complement their major with courses in sociology, psychology, and related sciences.
Positions may be available to those with only a Bachelor's degree, but to be a competitive candidate for employment, an individual should obtain at least a Master's degree.
Certification & Licensing:
The Association of American Medical Colleges
The National Human Genome Research Institute
The NCMHD Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics
The American Society of Human Genetics
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics
** More than a minimum degree may be required for some careers.