Stephen F. Austin State University

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities in Food Nutrition and Dietetics


Registered dietitians work in food and nutrition- related industries, including product development, management, marketing, sales and public relations.


Dietitians are vital members of the medical teams in hospitals, clinics and extended care facilities. Opportunities for advancement are enhanced with specialization in a particular area of nutrition such as cardiovascular, diabetes, pediatric or renal.


Dietitians are employed by government and public health agencies, including day care centers, home health agencies, health and fitness clubs and federally funded programs that feed and counsel pregnant women, children, families, elderly and underprivileged individuals.

Consulting/Private Practice:

Dietitians are entrepreneurs who contract nutrition services to health care facilities, industries, sports teams and health clubs. Other opportunities include feature writing, television appearances and consulting on the design of health programs for athletes, industry employees or people with unique needs. Dietitians provide expertise on food safety and sanitation procedures, portion control and budgeting.


Dietitians work in major universities, colleges, professional and technical schools as well as in government agencies, pharmaceutical and food companies. They teach the sophisticated science of nutrition to college students preparing to be dietitians, doctors, nurses, coaches, trainers, health specialists and a broad spectrum of other careers. Research seeks answers to critical and pertinent questions about foods, nutrients, nutritional needs and dietary recommendations for the public.


Dietitians work in health care (long-term and critical care) facilities, institutions, schools, restaurants, cafeterias, prisons and private industry. Responsibilities may include personnel management, menu planning and pricing, budgeting, purchasing and merchandising to provide nutritional food that is palatable and appealing.