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Food, Nutrition & Related Services Major

4,918 yearly degrees
#136 in popularity
$36,000 median salary

Food, nutrition and related services is a major that typically falls into the Family, Consumer & Human Sciences category.

There are 60 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in nutrition, 125 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 83 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 20 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Nutrition Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 4,200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in food, nutrition and related services in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 76.9% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 7.9%
  • Black or African American: 8.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 12.4%
  • White: 61%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.5%
  • Other Races: 6.9%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in nutrition. About 3.5% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending nutrition majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to nutrition to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nutrition Majors

A major in nutrition should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors

Skills for Nutrition Majors

A major in nutrition prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors

Abilities for Nutrition Majors

As you progress with your nutrition degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for nutrition Majors

What Can You Do With a Nutrition Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nutrition:

Careers Related to Food, Nutrition & Related Services
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Dietetic Technicians

9.3%

$27,140

Dietitians and Nutritionists

14.6%

$60,370

Food Service Managers

9%

$54,240

Home Economics Professors

8.6%

$71,380

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

9.3%

$32,450

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

7.7%

$26,860

Nutrition majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $30,000 to $61,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Nutrition Major  ( 30000 to 61000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Some careers associated with nutrition may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nutrition careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Food, Nutrition & Related Services
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

12.3%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

40.4%

Post-Secondary Certificate

5.8%

Some College Courses

5.6%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

1.7%

Bachelor's Degree

6.7%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

6%

Master's Degree

10.3%

Post-Master's Certificate

0.5%

First Professional Degree

0.1%

Doctoral Degree

11.1%

Post-Doctoral Training

0.2%

There are 125 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in food, nutrition and related services, with 4 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

The median salary for a nutrition grad is $36,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is -7% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $-54,200 after 20 years!

food, nutrition and related services salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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