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Dietitians and Nutritionists

What they do:

Dietitians and nutritionists are people who are experts about food and their nutritional properties. They educate people about making the right dietary choices in their daily lives, including what to buy at the supermarket and how to prepare food in healthier ways. They advise clients how to eat in order to achieve a desired goal, whether that's losing weight or managing a chronic condition such as diabetes. Their clients might include low-income people who need to eat right on a budget. A large segment of dietitians and nutritionists are employed by hospitals to oversee the food service.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in nutrition, food service management or public health

  • A master’s degree is recommended for those who wish to administrate in a public health organization

  • Many dietitians and nutritionists need to be properly licensed, something that is required in 32 states.

  • This field does require staying up to date regarding the latest developments in health and science news and research in order to help people to make healthy choices.

What they make:

These professionals earned a median salary of $57,910 in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10% earned more than $80,950, while the bottom 10% brought in less than $35,240.

Where they work:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Medical practices

  • Institutional or corporate settings doing meal planning

  • Schools

  • Some are self-employed


The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this profession to grow at a rate of 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, resulting in 11,000 new jobs for dietitians and nutritionists.



Updated February 2017