Careers in the Field of Nutrition

The field of nutrition is expanding with growing interest in how food and nutrition affects human health, wellness and prevention of diseases. The opportunities for nutrition professionals are extensive. Individuals who have a passion for food, nutrition and exercise are a good fit for this field. While nutritionists and registered dietitian nutritionists have traditionally worked in hospitals, food service or community agencies, the field is expanding into exciting new areas such as business, journalism, sports nutrition and corporate wellness.

Community & Public Health

Counsel individuals, families and groups about nutrition practices designed to prevent disease and promote health; coordinate nutrition awareness in settings such as:

  • Community Health Programs
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Senior Centers
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Advocacy Organizations


Participate as a vital part of the medical team providing nutritional care in:
  • Hospitals
  • Out-patient Clinics
  • Ambulatory Care Programs
  • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO)
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Hospices
  • Home Health Care Agencies

Business & Industry

Develop food products or education materials; sell or market food/nutritional products for:
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Food Distributors
  • Advertising
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public Relations/Consumer Affairs

Education & Research

Teach and/or conduct nutrition research in:
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Teaching Hospitals
  • Medical Schools
  • Laboratories
  • Government agencies

Food Service

Plan and operate food service systems in:
  • School Food Service
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Hospital Cafeterias
  • Day Care Centers

Wellness Consultant

Practice independently, conduct nutritional education seminars and tailor individual nutrition plans for:
  • Sports Teams/Coaches/Athletes
  • Health Clubs/Spas/Gyms
  • Community Wellness Centers
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Weight Management Programs
  • Medical Offices
  • Private Practice
  • Media
  • Disseminate nutrition information through:
  • Radio/Television
  • Public Relations
  • Newspapers/Journals