Nutrition and Food Science

Hear what our faculty, students, and alumni have to say about the Department of Nutrition and Food Science!

Why Choose Nutrition?

Job Opportunities: The field of nutrition is growing, with a projected 20 percent increase in jobs for dietitians and nutritionists through 2020 as a result of the role of food in promoting health and wellness, particularly as a part of preventative healthcare. Numerous externships and paid positions reinforce your classroom experiences and provide a competitive edge after graduation! An aging population will boost the demand for clinical dietitians in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  The demand for nutrition managers is strong.   The fastest growing segment is in the area of eldercare.  Nutrition managers in schools will need expertise in child nutrition programs.

Great Pay: Median annual earning of dietitians and nutritionists was $60,000 in 2013. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, median annual income for registered dietitians in 2013 varied by practice area as follows: $65,600 in consultation and business; $74,000 in food and nutrition management; $65,000 in education and research; $55,800 inpatient/ambulatory care; $59,000 in long-term care; and $54,200 in community nutrition.  As with any profession, salaries and fees vary by region of the country, years of practice, employment settings, scope of responsibility, and supply of RDs.

Exciting Career Options: Our students have career options in healthcare, clinical management, counseling, community outreach, business/ private practice, government, hospital/school/correctional food-service management, consulting services, academia, and research.

Challenging Field: Our AND-accredited curriculum is firmly based in chemistry, physiology, nutrition, dietetics, food science, food and nutrition communication, and nutrition and food-service management. We will prepare you for all the nutrition field has to offer!   Student Success Map NFSA Club Members Fall 2012

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