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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Registered Dietitians

Graduates who hold a degree in nutrition have many different career opportunities, which vary depending on whether you are a registered dietitian or have a degree in nutrition.

According to the 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, the total cash annual average salary for registered dietitians was $65,000 after one year of employment, ranging from $50,900 to $104,800. Business, management, education and research positions had the highest compensation while clinical and community positions had the lowest compensation.


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


Dietitians are vital members of 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, government agencies, and 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.

Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Graduates

Holding a degree in food and nutrition opens up many career possibilities. The jobs listed here are actual jobs that our graduates have secured over the years, plus suggestions on other available opportunities.