Weight Reduction Specialist

Assist clients in devising and carrying out weight-loss plan.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $31,000

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What do Weight Reduction Specialists do?

Assists clients in devising and carrying out weight-loss plan, using established dietary programs and positive reinforcement procedures: Interviews client to obtain information on weight development history, eating habits, medical restrictions, and nutritional objectives. Weighs and measures client, using measuring instruments, and enters data on client record. Discusses eating habits with client to identify dispensable food items and to encourage increased consumption of high nutrition, low calorie food items, or selects established diet program which matches client goals and restrictions. Explains program and procedures which should be followed to lose desired amount of weight, and answers client questions. Reviews client food diary at regular intervals to identify eating habits which do not coincide with established or agreed upon dietary program, and reviews weight loss statistics to determine progress. Counsels client to promote established goals and to reinforce positive results. May photograph client during therapy to provide visual record of progress. May conduct aversion therapy, utilizing electric shock, rancid odors, and other physical or visual stimuli to promote negative association with food designated for elimination from diet. May conduct positive conditioning therapy sessions, utilizing physical and visual stimuli to promote positive association with foods designated for increase in diet. May give client weight-loss aids, such as calorie counters, or sell nutritional products to be used in conjunction with diet program.


Should I be a Weight Reduction Specialist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Nutrition Educator, Wardrobe Specialist

    How to Become a
    Weight Reduction Specialist

    Most Weight Reduction Specialists have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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