Area: Clinical Nutrition

Sub-Area:

  • Practice Includes:
    • Assessment
    • Planning and Implementation of Nutrition Programs
    • Evaluation and Reporting
    • Consultation with Healthcare Professionals

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Out patient care centers
  • Health centers and clinics
  • Home health providers
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Dialysis centers
  • Diabetes care clinics
  • Exercise and fitness centers

Strategies & Information:

  • Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes to gain experience working with patients or the elderly.
  • Develop excellent communication skills and learn to work well on a team.
  • Plan to earn the Registered Dietitian credential.
  • Several years experience and possibly a graduate degree are required for specialties such as pediatrics, renal, or oncology.

Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition

Sub-Area:

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

Employers:

  • Public health departments
  • Home health agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Community centers
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Daycare centers
  • Health and recreation clubs
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Community health organizations

Strategies & Information:

  • Participate in campus health promotion or wellness education programs.
  • Earn a master's degree in nutrition, public health, or related field to increase job opportunities.
  • Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Learn to work well with people of varying socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
  • Seek experiences in the public health arena.
  • Research government application procedures.

Area: Food Service Management

Sub-Area:

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

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Company cafeterias
  • Correctional facilities
  • Camps
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain work experience in any large-scale food service operation such as campus cafeterias. Move into supervisory positions if given the opportunity.
  • Take business courses and develop strong computer skills.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and seek leadership roles.
  • Learn how to relate to a wide variety of people and to work well in a team environment.

Area: Federal Government

Sub-Area:

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

Employers:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • US Department of Health and Human Services:
    • Indian Health Service
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
      • National Center for Health Statistics
    • Health Resources and Services Administration:
      • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    • National Institutes of Health
  • US Department of Agriculture:
    • Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

Strategies & Information:

  • Pursue internships in government agencies.
  • Research federal government application procedures.
  • Maintain a strong grade point average.
  • Earn a master's degree for advancement in research, administration, or public health nutrition.
  • Assist a faculty member with nutrition research.

Area: Consulting

Sub-Area:

  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Menu Development
  • Food Preparation and Safety
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Weight Management: Adult and Pediatric
  • Teaching
  • Health Promotion and Programming
  • Writing

Employers:

  • Private practice
  • Consulting to:
    • Physicians' offices
    • Weight loss clinics
    • Nursing homes
    • Health clubs and spas
    • Corporate wellness programs
    • Restaurants and chefs
    • Catering services
    • Grocery stores
    • Food manufacturers
    • Food service managers
    • Sports teams and athletes
    • Health-related magazines and Internet sites
    • Newspapers

Strategies & Information:

  • Gain experience and expertise in a specialty area of nutrition.
  • Earn additional certifications in fields such as fitness and athletic training or adult and pediatric weight management.
  • Find a need in the community and fill it. An entrepreneurial spirit is required!
  • Be prepared to work in several areas at one time.
  • Develop excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Learn how to promote oneself.

Area: Industry

Sub-Area:

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

Employers:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Food vendors and distributors
  • Special food services
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health-related businesses
  • Weight loss programs
  • Restaurant and hotel chains
  • Public relations firms with food industry accounts

Strategies & Information:

  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business administration, marketing, or advertising.
  • Develop strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Get involved in research and gain technical experience.
  • Seek leadership roles in campus organizations.

Area: Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Community and technical schools
  • Nursing, medical, dental, and health sciences schools
  • Teaching hospitals

Strategies & Information:

  • Earn a master's degree for instructor positions or a doctorate for tenure track professorships.
  • Serve as a tutor or peer mentor on campus. Learn to work well with a variety of people.
  • Gain research experience by assisting professors.
  • Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations.

General Information and Strategies