Hello all! I cant believe this site exists and wish I had found it sooner! I consider myself quite passionate about eating right and believe it plays a huge role in preventing many illnesses. That being said, I would love to help educate people and motivate them to eat better. Thus, dietetics has always been a career path I wanted pursue. However my parents and close friends urged me into nursing because of better pay and job prospects. Well, 2 miserable semesters later I left because I ultimately realized I could no longer continue with nursing when my heart wasn't in it.
I've recently returned back to RD after considering other suggestions like PA/PT/Pharm. Needless to say, I recently spoke with a close family friend about going back to dietetics and she's strongly trying to get me to reconsider. It's hard not to heed their opinion when I know they just want what's best for me. I'm 26 and according to them it's too much of a risk compared to other in demand medical professions. Is the dietetics field really that bad? All I hear is they don't make any money but 50K seems decent to me. I've also been told by some in the medical field that RDs aren't taken seriously because other employees can also consult on nutrition. I know I shouldn't take it seriously unless I hear all this directly from RDs but it has tainted my aspirations to the point where I'm not sure I want to do it anymore. I want to enjoy my work but I'd also like the peace of mind of job security and not have to struggle finding work after school.
My overall question is do you regret becoming an RD? Was it hard finding a job after graduation? I'll be getting my masters in dietetics but not sure what my undergrad should be as a good foundation.
Sorry for the long post, I'm just feeling quite discouraged atm.
Thanks for reading