What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Clinical Nutrition

Sub-Area:

  • Practice Includes:
    • Assessment
    • Planning and Implementation of Nutrition Programs
    • Evaluation and Reporting
    • Consultation with Healthcare Professionals

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Out patient care centers
  • Health centers and clinics
  • Home health providers
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Dialysis centers
  • Diabetes care clinics
  • Exercise and fitness centers

Area:

Community and Public Health Nutrition

Sub-Area:

  • Health Promotion
  • Education
  • Program Planning and Implementation
  • Administration
  • Counseling
  • Consultation

Employers:

  • Public health departments
  • Home health agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Community centers
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Daycare centers
  • Health and recreation clubs
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Community health organizations

Area:

Food Service Management

Sub-Area:

  • Menu Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Food Preparation
  • Personnel Management
  • Food Safety Management

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Company cafeterias
  • Correctional facilities
  • Camps
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels

Area:

Federal Government

Sub-Area:

  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Nutrition Education and Teaching
  • Administration
  • Program Management
  • Research

Employers:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • US Department of Health and Human Services:
    • Indian Health Service
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
      • National Center for Health Statistics
    • Health Resources and Services Administration:
      • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    • National Institutes of Health
  • US Department of Agriculture:
    • Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

Area:

Consulting

Sub-Area:

  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Menu Development
  • Food Preparation and Safety
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Weight Management: Adult and Pediatric
  • Teaching
  • Health Promotion and Programming
  • Writing

Employers:

  • Private practice
  • Consulting to:
    • Physicians' offices
    • Weight loss clinics
    • Nursing homes
    • Health clubs and spas
    • Corporate wellness programs
    • Restaurants and chefs
    • Catering services
    • Grocery stores
    • Food manufacturers
    • Food service managers
    • Sports teams and athletes
    • Health-related magazines and Internet sites
    • Newspapers

Area:

Industry

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Consumer Food Science

Employers:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Food vendors and distributors
  • Special food services
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health-related businesses
  • Weight loss programs
  • Restaurant and hotel chains
  • Public relations firms with food industry accounts

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Community and technical schools
  • Nursing, medical, dental, and health sciences schools
  • Teaching hospitals

General Information and Strategies

  • Most positions require the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. Become an RD through an accredited bachelor's or master's program followed by an approved, supervised internship. RD's must also pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Research indvidual state requirements for licensure or certification to practice dietetics.
  • Scientific aptitude is required to successfully earn a degree in nutrition. Basic sciences play a large role in this discipline.
  • One should enjoy helping people, working with healthcare professionals, and have an interest in good health, nutrition, and fitness. Get involved in campus wellness or peer health educator programs to gain experience.
  • Volunteer in hospitals or nursing care centers to test interests.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team is important in this field.
  • Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human relations and group dynamics.
  • Strong communication skills are necessary to interact effectively with patients and healthcare professionals. Develop good interviewing and counseling techniques.
  • Over half of dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, or physicians' offices.
  • Research, public health, and advanced clinical positions require a graduate degree.