Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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What can I do with this major?

Area

Employers

Strategies

Clinical Nutrition

Hospitals 

Health Care Centers

Home Health ProvidersHealth Maintenance Organizations (HMO's)

Nursing Homes

Residential Care Centers

Dialysis Centers

Dialysis Care Clinics

Exercise and Fitness Centers

Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes to gain experience

Work with patients or elderly patients

Earn the Hospital Registered Dietitian Credential.

Community and Public Health Nutrition

  • Health Promotion
  • Education
  • Program Planning and Implementation
  • Administration
  • Counseling
  • Consultation

Public and Home Health Agencies

Social Service Agencies 

Community Centers

Federal, State, and Local Government

Daycare Centers

Health and Recreations Clubs

Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's)

Gain extensive clinical experience

Obtain Master's degree for more job opportunities

Strong public speaking and presentation skills

Learn to work with diverse people

Food Services Management

  • Menu Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Food Preparation
  • Personnel Management

Hospitals 

Schools

Colleges and Universities

Company Cafeterias

Correctional Facilities

Camps

Restaurants

Hotels

Develop strong computer skills

Take business Courses

Look for supervisor positions to gain experience

Look for a position in a large-scale food service operation ( i.e. Campus Cafeterias.)

Federal Government

  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Nutrition Education and Teaching
  • Administration
  • Research

Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, US Public Health Services:

Indian Health Services

Food and Drug Administration

National Center for Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control, Bureau of Health Care and Delivery, National Institutes of Health,

US Department of Agriculture: WIC ( Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children), Veterans' Administration Hospitals, Peace Corps, VISTA

Look for internships with government agencies

Learn the application process of the federal government

Keep up a strong grade point average

Earn a Master's degree in research or administration, this will help with advancement opportunities

Consulting

  • Education and Programming
  • Diet Counseling
  • Writing

Private Practices

Physicians' Offices

Weight Loss Clinics

Nursing Homes

Health Clubs and Spas

Restaurants

Catering Services

Food Manufactures

Sports Teams

Health-related Magazines and Internet Sites

Newspapers

Choose a specialty area of nutrition

Earn a certificate in a related field such as fitness or athletic training

Develop excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Be able to multitask such as working in several areas at one time!

Industry

  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Consumer Food Science

Food Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical Companies

Health-related Businesses

Weight Loss Programs

Restaurant and Hotel Chains

Public Relations Firms with Food Industry Accounts

Take courses in business administration, marketing, or advertising

Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Look for leadership positions within campus organizations

Have computer expertise

Teaching

  • Teaching
  • Research

Colleges and Universities

Community and Technical Schools

Nursing, Medical, and Dental Schools 

Teaching Hospitals

Medical Centers

Government Agencies

Food and Pharmaceutical Companies

Develop excellent communications skills

Gain research experience by volunteering to work with Professors

Obtain a degree for advancement in research positions

Obtain a Masters or Doctorate for instructor positions