Nursing & Health
Nutrition

Students of nutrition pursue careers as nutritionists or dieticians, working in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or with physicians' offices. Nutrition students study food and nutrition and how these can affect the body, illness, and the population as a whole.

Dieticians and nutritionists are expected to earn a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, in nutrition or dietetics. Master's degrees in these subjects also are available, as well as individual courses at the baccalaureate level. In the majority of states in the U.S., licensure or certification is required for an individual to practice as a dietician or nutritionist.

As a dietician or nutritionist, graduates may spend their days making meal plans and supervising meal preparation or the serving of meals at the facility in which he or she works. They may meet with individuals to make nutritional recommendations or create diet plans for patients. Nutritionists in management positions, such as a head dietician at a large health care facility, have more management duties in addition to nutritional planning, such as hiring food service workers, managing budgets for the facility and maintaining sanitary conditions.

Dieticians that work in the private sector such as with food companies, may analyze foods and their nutrition, prepare nutritional content information and give advice on improving nutritional quality.

Those studying nutrition will engage in many different science courses, such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry and psychology. In addition, nutrition students may study topics like organization and management, community nutrition, education and counseling, dietetics, and clinical nutrition.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an average growth rate for the field of nutrition and dietetics until 2018, with an increase of 9 percent. An aging population, changes in Medicare and growing obesity rates will contribute to this growth. For graduates to be competitive, students should look at specializing in diabetic nutrition or renal therapy. Achieving additional certifications or an advanced degree also will give candidates an advantage. For more information on the job outlook for a specific area of study or industry in the U.S., the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.


Schools That Offer This Program:
Career Point College
Career Point College
Career Point College
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
Blue Cliff College
Medical Career Institute
Medical Career Institute
Strayer University
Strayer University
Newbridge College
Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College
Trumbull Business College
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
Fortis College
Fortis College
UEI College
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of Technology
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Carrington College
Carrington College
Carrington College California
Carrington College California
Brookline College
Brookline College
Florida Career College
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
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Brown Mackie College
Advanced Training
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Bryant & Stratton College
Schools of Medical Massage
Schools of Medical Massage
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