Stephen F. Austin State University

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Registered Dietitians

Opportunities for Registered Dietitians:

There are many different career opportunities for graduates that hold a degree in nutrition. Opportunities will vary depending upon whether you are a registered dietitian or have a degree in nutrition.

According to the 2015 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, total cash annual average salary for registered dietitians was $65,000 after 1 year of employment, ranging from $47,000-$104,000. Business, management, education and research positions had the highest compensation while clinical and community positions had the lowest compensation.

Business:

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

Clinical:

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.

Community:

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.

Education/Research:

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.

Management:

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.

Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Graduates (many of these opportunities are actual positions held by our alumni):