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Dietetics & Nutrition Services

3,335 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,231 Master's Degrees Annually
#99 in Popularity
$30,130 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dietetics & Nutrition Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dietetics and clinical nutrition services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,335
Master’s Degree 1,231
Graduate Certificate 697
Associate’s Degree 440
Basic Certificate 280
Undergraduate Certificate 42
Doctor’s Degree 31

What Dietetics & Nutrition Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nutrition and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nutrition Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in nutrition should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Nutrition Majors

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

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • 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 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:

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  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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 Dietetics & Nutrition Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nutrition:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dietetic Technicians 9.3% $27,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists 14.6% $60,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics & Nutrition Services?

3,335 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
87% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 3,335 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and clinical nutrition services in 2018, making it rank #99 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 87% 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 143
Black or African American 203
Hispanic or Latino 417
White 2,326
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 165

Geographic Diversity

Nutrition appeals to people across the globe. About 2.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Venezuela
  • Canada
  • India

How Much Do Dietetics & Nutrition 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 $28,900 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,075 (25th percentile) and $31,000 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to nutrition.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $30,130 to $61,210 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to nutrition. 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 degrees associated with nutrition may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 13.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.8%
Some College Courses 3.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.4%
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. 13.8%
Master’s Degree 9.9%
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. 2.0%
Doctoral Degree 3.9%

Online Dietetics & Nutrition Services Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 268 schools offered some type of dietetics and clinical nutrition 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) 37 6
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 69 9
Bachelor’s Degree 55 9
Post-Baccalaureate 37 6
Master’s Degree 81 23
Post-Master’s 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 2
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dietetics & Nutrition Services Worth It?

The median salary for a nutrition grad is $30,130 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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Major Number of Grads
Nursing 293,633
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,068
Dental Support Services 27,155
Mental & Social Health Services 26,783
Health Sciences & Services 24,436
Communication Sciences 21,520
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,962
Medicine 19,418
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,295
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 15,451
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,807
Other Health Professions 8,426
Dentistry 6,518
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,875
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,481
Veterinary Medicine 3,175
Chiropractic 2,503
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,714
Optometry 1,674
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,608
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,089
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 804
Medical Science 738
Podiatry 543
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 535
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 373
Alternative Medical Support Services 244
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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