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Food, Nutrition & Related Services

3,522 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
973 Master's Degrees Annually
#96 in Popularity
$36,190 Median Salary

The following table lists how many food, nutrition and related services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,522
Master’s Degree 973
Basic Certificate 346
Associate’s Degree 276
Graduate Certificate 90
Undergraduate Certificate 65
Doctor’s Degree 46

In an O*NET survey, nutrition majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nutrition Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Nutrition Majors

nutrition majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Nutrition Majors

As a nutrition major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Below is a list of occupations associated with nutrition:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7.7% $26,860
Dietetic Technicians 9.3% $27,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists 14.6% $60,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9.3% $32,450
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Home Economics Professors 8.6% $71,380

3,522 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 3,522 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in food, nutrition and related services in 2019, making it rank #96 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 78% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nutrition majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nutrition Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 235
Black or African American 303
Hispanic or Latino 453
White 2,132
International Students 123
Other Races/Ethnicities 276

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Nutrition. About 3.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Malaysia
  • Canada

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition was $30,150 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,225 (25th percentile) and $31,550 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to nutrition.

Salaries According to BLS

Nutrition majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $30,130 to $61,210 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with nutrition require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to nutrition have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 40.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 5.8%
Some College Courses 5.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.0%
Master’s Degree 10.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 11.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.2%

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 254 schools offered some type of food, nutrition and related services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 68 6
Certificate (1-2 years) 21 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 71 1
Bachelor’s Degree 20 4
Post-Baccalaureate 68 6
Master’s Degree 83 25
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

The median salary for a nutrition grad is $36,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nutrition.

Major Number of Grads
Human Development & Family Studies 43,687
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,753
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,476
Family & Consumer Economics 1,593
Housing 785
Human Sciences Business Services 477
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 192
Work & Family Studies 0

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