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Nutrition Science Major

4,890 yearly degrees
#162 in popularity
$84,000 median salary

Nutrition science is a major that typically falls into the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies category.

There are 5 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in nutrition science, 86 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 81 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 44 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Nutrition Science Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 2,600 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 83% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 13.9%
  • Black or African American: 3.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 16.2%
  • White: 53.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 5%
  • Other Races: 7.5%
Nutrition Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in nutrition science. About 5% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending nutrition science majors to the U.S. are China, Saudi Arabia and India.

What Will You Learn as a Nutrition Science Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to nutrition science 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 Science Majors

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

Important Knowledge Areas for Nutrition Science Majors

Skills for Nutrition Science Majors

When studying nutrition science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Nutrition Science Majors

Abilities for Nutrition Science Majors

Nutrition science majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for nutrition science Majors

What Can You Do With a Nutrition Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nutrition science:

Careers Related to Nutrition Science
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Dietetic Technicians



Dietitians and Nutritionists



Life Scientists



Natural Sciences Managers



Biological Science Professors



Molecular and Cellular Biologists



Nutrition Science Major Salary

Nutrition science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,000 to $97,000. 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, 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 Science Major  ( 61000 to 97000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

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.

Amount of Education Required for Nutrition Science Major Jobs

Some careers associated with nutrition science 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.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Nutrition Science
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Nutrition Science Programs

There are 86 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, with 3 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Nutrition Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for a nutrition science grad is $84,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 115% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $894,000 after 20 years!

nutrition science salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


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