Careers in Nutrition Science and Dietetics are Growing

Careers in nutritional sciences are growing at a rate double that of other careers, and jobs in nutrition are expected to increase 15% between now and 2026.*   This is because of increasing recognition of the critical role that nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Nutrition professionals work in hospitals, schools, and worksite wellness programs, leading the way to greater understanding of how the right foods and nutrition can improve our lives and our health.                                               


1. Become a Registered Dietitian (RD Professional):

A registered dietitian nutritionist is a recognized expert in food and nutrition. RDNs work in health care settings, such as hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities and private practice. In these settings, RDNs provide medical nutrition therapy in the treatment and prevention of disease. In addition, many RDNs work at the local, state, federal or international level in community and public health agencies. RDNs also work in food and nutrition research in academic or corporate settings. Other opportunities for employment include industry and food service. 

What Kinds of Jobs are Available?
Nutrition professionals are employed in a vast variety of careers in the following sectors:
  • Healthcare: nutrition education and care at clinics, hospitals, assisted living, and nursing homes
  • Wellness Programs: corporate and worksite wellness, and health coaching
  • Food Science: research and new product development
  • Quality Assurance: grocery and restaurant inspection, food safety testing, safe food planning and monitoring
  • Food Service Management: plan menus and oversee operations at school districts, hospitals, and long term care facilities
  • Government and Community Health: nutrition education as a part of public health, shaping of public health policy
  • Education and Research: teach and research nutrition science
How do I become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN)?

To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, you must first complete an accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD), such as our dietetics program from which you earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Successful completion of the DPD undergraduate program also provides you with the necessary verification statement. This allows you to apply to an accredited Dietetic Internship program. Following successful completion of a Dietetic Internship, you are then eligible to sit for the national examination for Registered Dietician Nutritionist credentialing. Successful completion of the examination credentials you as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 
For additional information on becoming a Registered Dietitian and Dietetic Internships, please go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. 

2. Become a Nutritional Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR): 

Many NDTRs work with RDs in health care facilities assisting RDs with providing medical nutrition therapy. NDTRs also work in food service, community and public health settings providing nutrition counseling. 

How do I become a Nutritional Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR)?

To become a Nutritionist Dietetic Technician, Registered, (NDTR), you must first complete either; 1) an accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD, such as our dietetics program from which you earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree and earn a verification statement, or
2) an accredited Dietetic Technician program earning at least an associate's degree. You are then eligible to take the national Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered exam. Successful completion of this exam credentials you as a Dietetic Technician, Registered. 
For additional information on becoming a Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR), the NDTR exam and work opportunities, go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. 

3. Go on to Graduate School:

Students with this degree also pursue graduate school in a wide variety of disciplines such as, nutrition research in disease prevention/intervention, nutrient metabolism, nutrient-gene interactions, public health and policy, international nutrition, and epidemiology. 

4. Employment Opportunities:

Students with this Bachelor's degree also go directly into the workforce in such areas as food service, the food industry/agribusiness, the healthcare field, government agencies, health coaching, worksite wellness, and public health.