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What Can You Do With A Major In Nutrition And Dietetics?

Nutrition and Dietetics is the science or art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health. Nutrition majors will help people make smart food choices to keep them healthy, advise doctors and nurses regarding nutrition, teach people about the importance of good nutritional programs for large groups of people, manage food services businesses, and supervise people who prepare and serve food. Students who complete the degree track in nutrition and obtain the Registered Dietician credential are qualified to work in a variety of settings including community health, business and educational organizations such as public health departments, nursing homes/retirement residences, home health agencies, alcohol/drug programs, wellness/fitness centers, schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, and private practice.

Typical Career Paths

Clinical Nutrition

Community and Public Health Nutrition
Food Service Management

Federal Government

Consulting

Industry

Education 

Typical Job Titles

Clinical Nutritionist

Community Health Educator

Office Manager

Personal Trainer

Nutrition Counselor

Dietician Consultant

Family Services Counselor

Food Services Manager

Clinical Dietician

Management Dietician

Food Technologist

Researcher

Customer Service Rep

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • •Hotels and Restaurants                                       •Schools and Universities 
    • •Correctional Facilities                                          •Food Publications 
      •Hospitals                                                              •Health and Recreation Clubs 
      •Private Practice                                                   •Pharmaceutical Companies 
      •Exercise and Fitness Centers                             •Athletic Teams 
      •Nursing Care Facilities                                        •Food Manufacturers 
      •Community Centers                                            •Food Services Management 
      •Camps                                                                •Medical and Surgical Services
      •Outpatient Care Centers                                    •Dialysis Centers
      •Day Care Centers                                              •Camps
      •Restaurants                                                       •Nursing Homes
      •Airlines                                                               •Military
      •Food Manufacturers                                           •Culinary Schools 
      •Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO)

Match This Major To Careers


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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- Typical salaries
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for Dietitians and Nutritionists is $59,670.

Salary Resources 

Skills Needed For This Career

Basic Computer Skills   Biology Focus
Chemistry Focus   Human Anatomy Knowledge
Healthcare fundamentals   Facilitating Group Discussion
Listening Skills   Provide/Respond to Feedback
Public Speaking   Written Communication
Counseling Skills   Motivating Others
Social Perceptiveness   Teaching/Instructing Others
Teamwork   Defining Needs
Developing Evaluations Strategies   Research Skills
Attention To Detail   Initiative
Organization Skills   Prioritizing Tasks
Strategic Planning   Data Analysis
Analytical/Critical Thinking   Problem Solving
  






Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Dietetic Association
American Society for Nutrition
Florida Dietetic Association  
Jacksonville Dietetic Association
National Association of Nutrition Professionals 
American Nutrition Association

Job Search/Career Information

http://www.dieticianjobs.com/
http://www.dieticiannutritionist.com/ 
http://www.dietitiancentral.com/
http://www.ihirenutrition.com/ 
http://www.nutritionjobs.com/  
http://www.publichealthonline.org/

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Holland Interest Codes

Nutrition- Social; Investigative; Enterprising (SIE)  

Link To UNF Academic Programs

 

Brooks College of Health

Nutrition and Dietetics

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Career Plan Of Action

  • Conduct and informational interview or shadow a professional in the field
  • Volunteer with an organization related to your career direction to gain experience
  • Look to do an internship in your field
  • Join a professional association in your field
  • Develop leadership experience by joining student clubs and groups on-campus 
  • Participate in campus health promotions and activities
  • Consider taking a public speaking class to develop important presentation skills
  • Look to gain certification/credentialing (i.e. Registered Dietitian (RD) Credential).
  • Research graduate programs and degrees for this field