Careers for students who have studied nutrition are incredibly varied. They range from caring for in-patients in hospitals to counseling professional athletes to writing for magazines to working in the food industry. A degree in nutrition can also prepare you for further professional (e.g., medicine, dentistry) or graduate study.
What do nutritionists do?
Graduates with degrees in nutrition can work in biomedical research, pursue careers in communication or public health, or work for a food company. Nutritionists who have earned the professional credential of Registered Dietitian can also work in hospitals, clinics, wellness centers, or gyms delivering care to patients/clients.
Where do nutritionists work?
Some clinical settings:
- medical and surgical services of hospitals
- outpatient clinics
- private practice
- athletic clubs and wellness centers
Nutritionists also work as consultants to professional sports teams, corporations, and restaurants.
Some nonclinical settings:
- writing for traditional and online magazines and newsletters
- food companies such as Kellogg and General Mills
- university and industry-based research
- pharmaceutical industry
- university teaching
- designing and implementing public health programs
What will I like (or dislike) about this work?
- flexibility in career path
- working with diverse group of professionals
- very low unemployment
- flexibility in hours worked
How is the job outlook?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010/11): “Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”
What are the educational requirements?
- bachelor degree (minimum)
- clinical jobs require Registered Dietitian status, entailing a bachelor degree, some specific courses, an internship, and a national exam
- licensing requirements vary by state
Which Sargent College Programs apply?
For those with a background in nutrition:
- Master of Science in Nutrition (two semesters)
- Master of Science in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI)