Dietitians and Nutritionists

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

Dietitians and nutritionists plan and execute nutritional programs to promote public health and limit the spread of disease. Working in hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes and schools, they are predominantly employed by healthcare and local government organizations. The field is enjoying job growth above the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2012, U.S. dietitians and nutritionists earned national median wages of $26.56 per hour, or $55,200 per year. And job prospects for dietitians and nutritionists are growing well above the national rate. In 2010, 64,400 were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 77,100 by 2020, in a 20% increase creating 3,540 new jobs—80 of them here in North Carolina. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.

If you are interested in a career in nutrition, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most nutrition jobs require a master’s degree, and some require a PhD. At NC State, you can earn your MS in Statistics online, augmenting it with the new online Certificate in Applied Statistics, and then pursue your PhD on campus, where we also offer a bachelor’s degree.

Education Required:

Highest level of education associated with this occupation.

#Education Level%
0Bachelor's Degree32
1Post-Baccalaureate Certificate48
2Master's Degree8

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