Careers in Dietetics

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are employed in hospitals and other health care facilities, government and public health agencies, food companies, schools and universities, private practice, and a variety of other settings. Opportunities for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) to be employed in wellness and sports nutrition programs and in sales and marketing for business and industry are also increasing.

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist*
    • In a health care setting, including acute and long term care and facilities specializing in rehabilitation and eating disorders
  • Public Health or Community Nutritionist*
  • Consultant Dietitian in Private Practice*
  • Sports Dietitian*
  • Nutrition Educator or Teacher
  • Nutrition Specialist (for food industries)
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Supermarkets
  • Food Service Director (in acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, educational institutions)
  • Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales Representative
  • Nutraceutical Industry
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Culinary Arts
  • Public Policy Development
  • Non-profit Advocacy Groups/Organizations
  • National and International Health Organizations
  • Research
  • Graduate School
  • Nutrition Writer
  • Private Practice

*Requires RD/N and/or LD/N

Dietitian Salaries:
The median salary for dietitians working less than five years was $47,000 per year according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 Dietetics Compensation and Benefits Survey. The median salary for all dietitians was $60,000. Salaries vary based on the type of position, geographic location, and supply of RDNs. More information can be found at