Career Profiles: Nutrition and Dietetics

CSULB Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students through specialized training in the science of nutrition to work as a professional member of a healthcare team. In their work, they may concentrate on research, management, teaching, counseling, or applying the principles of nutrition to maintain and improve the health of individuals and groups and to prevent nutrition-related diseases. Examples of the types of work performed by dietitians include: planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating food service systems; advising individuals on the selection and preparation of food; conducting research to determine the nutritional value of foods; providing medical nutrition therapy to maintain the well-being of healthy people or aid those who are ill; and educating students, members of the health profession, individuals, families and the general public on the principles of nutrition. The duties depend in part on the type and size of the organization.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Food Products Sales Representative
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Food Technologist
  • Private Practice Dietitian
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Research Dietitian
  • Restaurant Manager
  • School Food service Director
  • Wellness Educator

Where Employed:

  • Credit counseling services
  • Colleges and universities
  • Food and beverage producers
  • Governmental agencies
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Public/private schools
  • Restaurants
  • Social service agencies

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