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 expanding, with a projected 9 percent increase in jobs for dietitians and nutritionists through 2018. Numerous externships and paid positions reinforce your classroom experiences and provide a competitive edge after graduation! A growing and aging population will boost the demand for nutritional counseling in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, home health care agencies, and foodservice management. Food service manager jobs are expected to grow 5% through 2018 with demand for quick food in a variety of settings.  This includes full-service restaurants, school foodservice, health care and elder care facilities, and other commercial businesses. 

Great Pay: Median annual earning of dietitians and nutritionists was $58,000 in 2011. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, median annual income for registered dietitians in 2011 varied by practice area as follows: $62,300 in consultation and business; $68,370 in food and nutrition management; $61,500 in education and research; $54,100 inpatient/ambulatory care; $54,950in long-term care; and $49,200 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 Options: Our students have 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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