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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 Dietitian 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.

Career Paths

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Community and Public Health Nutrition
  • Food Service Management
  • Federal Government
  • Consulting
  • Industry
  • Education

Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: Occupational Outlook Handbook and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library.

  • 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)

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Beginning Salary Range

Entry Level with a Bachelor's Degree: $47,000-(All information from the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)


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.

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition

American Dietetic Association

American Society for Nutrition

Jacksonville Dietetic Association

National Association of Nutrition Professionals

American Nutrition Association

Job Search Information

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition

Nutrition -

Graduate Schools

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition

University of North Florida

Florida International University

Florida State University

University of Florida

Link To UNF Program

The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics .

Holland Codes

Nutrition- Social; Investigative; Enterprising (SIE)

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