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Dietetics & Nutrition Services

1,446 Master's Degrees Annually
30 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#89 in Popularity (Master's)
$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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,446
Graduate Certificate 825
Doctor’s Degree 30

What Dietetics & Nutrition Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, nutrition majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nutrition Majors

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

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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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to nutrition:

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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 a nutrition major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

People with a nutrition degree often go into the following careers:

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

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

1,446 Master's Degrees Annually
89% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 89% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 57
Black or African American 73
Hispanic or Latino 94
White 970
International Students 74
Other Races/Ethnicities 178

Geographic Diversity

Nutrition appeals to people across the globe. About 5.1% 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?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that dietetics and clinical nutrition services students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $45,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $40,600 (25th percentile) and $48,875 (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 2018-2019 academic year, 259 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) 36 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 67 7
Bachelor’s Degree 56 8
Post-Baccalaureate 36 3
Master’s Degree 88 28
Post-Master’s 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 1
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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nutrition.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14,633
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Allied Health Professions 11,260
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,418
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 553
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 455
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0

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