Why Major in Nutrition

Nutrition is the study of the relationship between foods and health. Nutritionists teach people about preventing or treating nutrition-related problems such as obesity, diabetes and eating disorders; help solve community problems such as hunger; provide nutrition education to children in schools and adults in worksite and community centers; work in hospitals and clinics providing nutrition counseling and care plans; address malnutrition in developing countries; work with medical supplement and food companies to develop and promote nutritionally-sound products; and perform research in how nutrients, foods and the diet can prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancer, and treat many other conditions. Nutrition is also an excellent major to prepare for medical or dental school, graduate school (in fields such as public health, nutrition, and nursing), and public school teaching.

The demand for nutritionists and dietitians is expected to rise by 18% in the next decade. The growing field of nutrition requires a multicultural workforce to help solve nutritional problems in diverse settings. In 2006, Money Magazine listed Dietitian/Nutritionist as one of its top 50 best jobs in America.

"I am excited by the idea of seeing many different age groups and problems, while knowing that the information I give them can better their lives."

"There are so many things that a nutritionist can do, it is just a very exciting profession because it is always growing and changing. I want to be a nutritionist so that I can help people."

Nutrition Undergraduate Advisor

Email Claire Norton at cpnorton@nutrition.umass.edu.

For questions on recommended courses to take, career or volunteer opportunities, internships, and other advice, contact the Department of Nutrition Undergraduate Advisor. As a nutrition major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with you at least once a semester to plan courses, discuss your progress, and answer your questions. Make an appointment to meet us anytime.