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What Can I Do With A Degree in Nutrition and Food Science?

Nutrition and Food Science is a vast and multifaceted field, encompassing the entire food system – which, essentially, starts on the farm and ends on the plate – as well as the myriad human health issues related to food and nutrition and their prevention and treatment at both the population and individual levels.

Career Options
  • Nutritionist
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • Nutrition Journalist
  • Sales Representative
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Weight Loss Specialist
  • Eating Disorders Technician
  • Program Manager
  • Information Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Food Service Director
  • Food Buyer
  • Food Distributor
  • Policy Advocate
  • Restaurateur
  • Food Business Owner
  • Dietitian
  • Product Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Food Research and Development Specialist
  • Packaging Specialist
  • Plant Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Places of Employment
  • Food corporations
  • International non-governmental food organizations
  • Health departments
  • Government agencies
  • Voluntary health organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Grocery businesses
  • Restaurant chains
  • Hotels
  • Media organizations
Job Outlook
  • The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has identified managers of food preparation as an occupation in demand for all New Jersey counties and regions.
  • Job growth for nutritionists and dietitians (21% job growth) is projected to far outpace other professions through 2022. (National Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Job growth for nutrition educators and community health workers (21%) is projected to far outpace other professions through 2022. (National Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Job growth for food technologists and food scientists (9%) will remain steady, growing as fast as average for all other occupations through 2022. (National Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Salary Ranges

Data from National Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Dietetics: $33,980 – $78,720
  • Applied Nutrition: $29,650 – $90,260
  • Food Science: $35,150 – $107,810
  • Food Systems: $30,540 – $82,370