I’ve summarized some key points to keep in mind regarding the differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist. In this case, I use the term “nutritionist” to mean someone who refers to themselves this way and does not have a registered dietitian credential.
Difference between nutritionist and dietitian
A useful way to think about the difference between the two is that all registered dietitians can be considered nutritionists, but not all nutritionist can be considered registered dietitians. The term “nutritionist” has no strict definition on its own. This is important to know because anyone may call themselves a nutritionist without any formal training in the subject.
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