Non-R.D. Options: Careers with a Degree in Nutrition

A B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Nutrition qualifies individuals to work as nutritionists even if they have not earned their Registered Dietitian licensure by completing a dietetic internship. You can become a licensed dietician/nutritionist without getting your RD. All you need is a set of coursework (similar to a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition), at least 900 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics and nutrition, and pass a state licensure test. Further information on becoming a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be found here.

Many diverse careers exist for those with a nutrition degree. The dynamic coursework enables graduates to obtain jobs in various fields. Many careers are not specific to nutrition but may incorporate some aspects of your education.


Career opportunities for individuals who have a degree in nutrition:

  • WIC Nutritionist
  • School Food Service Director
  • Community Nutrition/Health Educator
  • Nutrition Journalist
  • Chef
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Public Health Official
  • Co-op Extension Agent
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Food Buyer
  • Food Distributor
  • Food & Drug Inspector
  • Sales Representative
  • Food Technologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Family and Consumer Scientist
  • Writer
  • Information Specialist
  • Marketing/Sales manager
  • Weight Loss Specialist


Careers that require advanced degree or certification:

  • Nurse
  • Physician
  • Athletic Counselor
  • Teacher/Professor


Private & Non-Profit Organizations that Employ Individuals with a Nutrition Degree:

A strong academic history in nutrition will make you an attractive employee to the following industries:

  • Food Distributors
  • Marketing Firms
  • Athletic Clubs
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Medical Centers
  • Restaurants/Cafeterias
  • Food Services
  • Nursing Homes
  • Sales Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • School Systems
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Health Clubs
  • Private Practice
  • Sports Teams
  • Cooking Schools
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Summer Camps
  • Consulting Firms
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Publishers
  • Wellness Centers
  • Day Care Centers
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Research laboratories
  • YMCA’s


Government Agencies (Federal, State, County, Municipal) that Employ Individuals with a Nutrition Degree:

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
  • Consumer Affairs Departments
  • Head Start
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • County Extension Services
  • Peace Corp/VISTA
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Departments of Health
  • School Lunch Programs
  • U.S. Military
  • SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Elder Nutrition Projects
  • U.S. Public Health Services


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