Nutrition Careers

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 (2016-2017): “Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. In recent years, interest in the role of food and nutrition in promoting health and wellness has increased, particularly as a part of preventative healthcare in medical settings.

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?

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

For those with a background in nutrition

For those without a background in nutrition