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 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.
WIC as a Career Opportunity
- 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
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
- Agency Nutrition Plans
- Lesson Plan Development
- Nutrition Classes and Demos
- Breastfeeding Support Classes
Coordination with Other Health Care and Community Services
- Advisory Committees
- Referral Networks
- Program Outreach
- Budget Planning
- Caseload Management
- Grant Writing
- Staff Supervision and Training
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Women, Infants, and Children
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
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:
Fax: (334) 242-1110
Page last updated: April 12, 2017