Career Opportunities

What is WIC?

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women; infants; and children up to 5 years of age. To qualify for WIC benefits, applicants must be income-eligible and have an identified nutrition risk. Congress began funding WIC in 1974.

For those who qualify for the program, WIC provides nutritional assessment, counseling, and education; specific foods high in protein, iron, calcium and vitamin A and C; and referral to health care and social services.

WIC Works!

WIC is a gateway to good health. The WIC Program has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful federally-funded nutrition programs in the United States.

Collective findings of studies, reviews and reports demonstrate that WIC:

  • Improves birth outcomes and savings in health care costs;
  • Improves diet and diet-related outcomes;
  • Improves infant feeding practices;
  • Improves cognitive development;
  • Improves preconceptional nutritional status; and
  • Results in better overall health care, such as earlier prenatal care, increased immunization, and regular source of health care.

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WIC as a Career Opportunity

WIC offers:

  • Participation in an effective and dynamic program.
  • Job diversity - counselor, manager, educator, consultant
  • Career mobility and advancement positions both in Alabama and nationwide.
  • Full-time and part-time positions
  • Excellent Alabama state employee benefits
  • Cost of living and merit system pay increases.
  • Annual leave and sick leave
  • Retirement benefits
  • Networking with other healthcare and community professionals
  • On-going client relationships than enable you to see positive changes in behavioral and health status.
  • Expanding horizons and exposure to people of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Specialist positions (example: breastfeeding coordinator)
  • Local, state and national continuing education opportunities

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What Does a WIC Nutritionist Do?

Individual Nutrition Counseling

  • Prenatal Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
  • Healthy Food Choices
  • Infant Feeding
  • High-risk Pregnancies
  • Special Needs Children

Nutrition Education

  • Agency Nutrition Plans
  • Lesson Plan Development
  • Nutrition Classes and Demos
  • Breastfeeding Support Classes

Material Development

  • Pamphlets
  • Posters
  • Newsletters
  • Videos

Coordination with Other Health Care and Community Services

  • Advisory Committees
  • Referral Networks
  • Program Outreach

Program Management

  • Budget Planning
  • Caseload Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Staff Supervision and Training

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Contact Information

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Women, Infants, and Children
www.fns.usda.gov/wic

About the Alabama WIC Program

Alabama Department of Public Health-WIC
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1300
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Post Office Box 303017
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
Phone: (334) 206-5673
Fax: (334) 206-2914

About a Job Application

The State of Alabama
Personnel Department
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone: (334) 242-3389

To download an application, visit The Alabama State Personnel Department.
Print and fax application to:
Personnel Department
Fax: (334) 242-1110

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Page last updated: April 12, 2017