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  • Clinical Nutrition


Health centers and clinics

Home health providers

Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)

Nursing homes

Residential care centers

Dialysis centers

Diabetes care clinics

Exercise and fitness centers

Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes to gain experience working with patients or the elderly. Plan to earn the Hospital Registered Dietitian credential. Several years experience and possibly a graduate degree are required for specialties such as pediatrics, gerontology, sports, or critical care.

Community and Public Health Nutrition

  • Health Promotion
  • Education
  • Program Planning and Implementation
  • Administration
  • Counseling
  • Consultation

Public and home health agencies

Social service agencies

Community centers

Federal, state, and local government

Daycare centers

Health and recreation clubs

Health maintenance organizations (HMO's)

Gain extensive clinical experience before pursuing public health. Earn a master's degree for more opportunities. Seek experiences in the public health arena. Learn government application procedures. Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills. Learn to work well with all types of people.

Food Service Management

  • Menu Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Food Preparation
  • Personnel Management



Colleges and universities

Company cafeterias

Correctional facilities




Obtain work experience in any large-scale food service operation such as campus cafeterias. Take business courses and develop strong computer skills.

Seek supervisory roles to gain experience.

Federal Government

  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Nutrition Education and Teaching
  • Administration
  • Research



Air Force

NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Administration)

US Public Health Service: Indian Health Service, Food & Drug Administration, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Bureau of Health Care and Delivery, National Institutes of Health

US Department of Agriculture: WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

Veterans Administration Hospitals

Peace Corps and VISTA

Learn federal government application procedures. Earn a Master's degree for advancement in research or administration. Pursue internships in government agencies. Maintain a strong grade point average.


  • Diet Counseling
  • Education and Programming
  • Writing

Private practice

Physicians' offices

Weight loss clinics

Nursing homes

Health clubs and spas


Catering services

Food manufacturers

Sports teams

Health-related magazines and Internet sites


Gain experience and expertise in a specialty area of nutrition. Earn additional certifications in fields such as fitness or athletic training. Find a need in the community and fill it. An entrepreneurial spirit is required! Be prepared to work in several areas at one time. Develop excellent written and verbal communication skills. Learn how to promote oneself.


  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Consumer Food Science

Food manufacturers

Pharmaceutical companies

Health-related businesses

Weight loss programs

Restaurant and hotel chains

Public relations firms with food industry accounts

Supplement curriculum with courses in business administration, marketing, or advertising. Develop strong written and verbal communication skills. Gain computer expertise. Seek leadership roles in campus organizations.


  • Teaching
  • Research

Colleges and universities

Community and technical schools

Nursing, medical, and dental schools

Teaching hospitals

Medical centers

Government agencies

Food and pharmaceutical companies

Earn a master's degree for instructor positions or a doctorate for tenure track professorships. Earn a graduate degree for advancement in research positions.

Gain research experience by assisting professors. Develop strong communication skills.

Strategies for placement in Nutrition

  • Most positions require the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. Become an RD through an accredited bachelor's or master's program followed by an approved, supervised internship. The Registration Examination for Dietitians is also required.
  • Some states require licensure or certification to practice dietetics.
  • One should enjoy helping people and working with healthcare professionals and have an interest in good health, nutrition, and fitness.
  • Scientific aptitude is required to successfully earn a degree in nutrition. Basic sciences play a large role in nutrition.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team is important in this field.
  • Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human relations and group dynamics.
  • Effective communication skills are important.
  • Develop interviewing and counseling techniques.
  • Over half of dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, or physicians' offices.
  • Research, public health, and advanced clinical positions require a graduate degree.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA /ADEA Employer.


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