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Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Students who graduate with a degree in the Dietetics option of the Nutritional Sciences major typically have the long-term goal to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After completing their degree, students must be accepted into a Dietetic Internship (DI) program and upon successful completion of that program, pass a national registration exam. For more information, see the Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Dietetic Internship Programs, and Exam to earn the RDN or DTR credential pages.

Attend Graduate School

Students who graduate with a degree in Nutritional Sciences Dietetics option are prepared to apply for graduate school to earn either a Master’s or Doctorate degree. Typical areas of study include: nutrition, counseling, public health, wellness, child development, kinesiology, among others. It is recommended that students who are considering graduate school take advantage of the research opportunities that are offered by the Nutritional Sciences, Biobehavioral Health, and Kinesiology departments within the College of Health and Human Development while they are working on their degree. Students should contact the faculty in charge of the research area in which you would like to get experience to see if there are openings or contact their undergraduate advisor to see if they know of any openings.

Earn the Diet Technician, Registered (DTR) certification

Students who do not match with an internship or choose not to participate in a DI program are eligible to take the DTR exam to earn the DTR credential. Diet Technicians work in a variety of areas including hospitals as dietary aides, in school food service, in hospital research labs, and in the food industry. Not all facilities require this credential for employment but having the credential will not hurt your chances for employment. Students who are planning to apply for a DI program after a period of time after earning their degree are encouraged to take the DTR exam soon after they graduate. DI program directors look favorably at students who have earned their DTR certification. More information can be found at Exam to earn the RD or DTR credential.

Work in a Nutrition-related job

Students who wish to gain work experience before applying to a DI program or choose not to participate in a DI program have several options however some of those options may require some creativity and persistence on the student’s part to discover them. The most common jobs that students find with a BS in Nutritional Sciences are working as a Nutritionist for WIC and working as a Dietary Aide for a hospital. Other areas in which our graduates have found work include research technicians in research labs at universities or hospitals affiliated with universities, health educators at colleges or universities, and school food service facilities.

The Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association and Prof. Coleman-Kelly are working together to provide a centralized source for job opportunities for our graduates. Jobs are posted on the Nutrition Dietetics Alumni Society (NDAS) website as well as on LinkedIn in the group "NDAS."