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NDFS Career Opportunities

Dietetics Emphasis:

  • Registered dietitian
  • Clinical nutrition (hospitals, long-term care facilities, health care, etc.)
  • Community nutrition and education
  • Public health
  • Food service management: schools, clinical facility
  • Private consulting

Nutrition & Food Science:

  • Nutrition specialist
  • Food scientist
  • Research and development for food companies
  • Quality control and safety assurance work
  • Biomedical research
  • Work in secondary schools as a nutrition specialist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Food sales and marketing
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Product development scientist
  • Food technologist
  • Food production manager
  • WIC Nutritionist
  • Nutrition education
  • Food service manager
  • Patient services manager

Masters of Dietetics Administration (MDA):

  • Managers in food service operations at hospitals and nursing homes
  • Clinical nutritionists
  • Public health programs
  • Private practice dieticians
  • Private clinics
  • Diabetes clinics
  • Weight-loss management for various organizations

Masters of Food Safety & quality (MFSQ):

Students who graduate with the MFMS degree typically pursue careers in food quality assurance or other food safety-related positions in the food industry.

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Median Starting Salary

From The Institute of Food Technologists

Year

Men

Women

Both Sexes

1993 $32,250 $25,000 $28,200
1995 $32,000 $30,000 $30,000
1997 $35,000 $31,200 $32,000
1999 $40,000 $37,000 $38,550
2003 $46,000 $40,000 $40,000
2005 $52,800 $44,000 $48,000
2007 $60,000 $45,000 $45,800
2009 $70,000 $44,100 $50,000