Food, Nutrition & Related Services
Types of Degrees Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors Are Getting
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|
What Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors Need to Know
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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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.
What Can You Do With a Food, Nutrition & Related Services Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with nutrition:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria||7.7%||$26,860|
|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|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Food, Nutrition & Related Services?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nutrition majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||303|
|Hispanic or Latino||453|
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:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
How Much Do Food, Nutrition & Related Services Majors Make?
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).
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Food, Nutrition & Related Services
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.
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
Online Food, Nutrition & Related Services Programs
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|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||20||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Food, Nutrition & Related Services Worth It?
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.
Majors Related to Food, Nutrition & Related Services
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|
|Human Sciences Business Services||477|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other)||192|
|Work & Family Studies||0|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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