Career Opportunities for Majors in Nutritional Sciences


The field of nutritional sciences encompasses all aspects of an organism's interaction with food. It includes biochemical, physiologic, molecular, psychological, and cultural aspects of food choice and nutrient metabolism. The department offers B.S. degrees in the following options. All students complete the core requirements in biology and chemistry, and then take specific courses for their option.

The Dietetics option concerns knowledge of foods and their use to maintain health and treat disease. This includes understanding the nutrient composition and cultural and community aspects of diets, as well as biochemical and physiological aspects. It emphasizes nutrition and food service and prepares students for careers as clinical dietitians and nutritionists, educators, health promotion facilitators, and consumer specialists in food and nutrition. Advanced courses stress human nutrition and its application to diet and health. Students take organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, economics and statistics. Upon completing the option, students normally apply for a dietetic internship or AP-4 program to prepare for the exam to become a registered dietitian.

The Nutrition option emphasizes the metabolic aspects of how organisms use food. It includes knowledge of how food is digested, absorbed, and used for energy and growth; how and why nutrient requirements change over the lifespan and under stress. It provides training for graduate school in the life sciences, medical or dental school, and conducting biomedical research. Students take advanced courses in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and physiology, in addition to nutrition and health, nutritional aspects of energy metabolism, and nutritional aspects of protein, vitamin and mineral metabolism.

The Food Service Administration option is for students who want careers in food service marketing or in managing food service in schools, hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, corporations, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Students take advanced courses in quantity food production, managing food-service systems, and institutional organization and management. They supplement this with elective courses in business, agribusiness, and food science.

The Nutrition, Food and Business option prepares professionals to work in food industries at the interface of nutrition, food and business. The fundamentals of nutrition, the science of food, and business prepare students for positions in test kitchens of food companies, product development in the food industry, public relations, pharmaceutical companies, supermarket industry, and in research.

The Community Nutrition option addresses the growing need for nutrition professionals to work with youth in structured organizations at the local, state, and national level such as WIC, Head Start, 4-H, cooperative extension, after school care, day care, environmental education, and programs for the homeless.

Regardless of the option chosen, a background in nutrition can also provide business-related opportunities in such fields as employee wellness, human resources, marketing, general management, customer service, and sales.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Athletic Counselor Food Distributor Physician
Brewery Processing Supervisor Food Scientist/Technologist Public Health Administrator
Caterer Health Educator Quality Control Manager
Chef Home Economist Registered Dietitian
Community Agency Worker Hospital Dietitian Research Dietitian
Consulting Dietitian Nurse Restaurant Manager
Consumer Advocate Nutrition Journalist Sales Representative
Cooperative Extension Agent Nutritionist Teacher/Professor
Food & Drug Inspector Peace Corps Worker Therapist
Food Buyer Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Weight Reduction Specialist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Breweries Health Maintenance Organizations Publishing companies
Colleges/Universities Health Organizations Research Laboratories
Cooking Schools Hospitals Resorts / Hotels
Food Distributors Newspapers/Magazines Restaurants
Food Manufacturers Nursing homes School Systems
Food Services Pharmaceutical Companies
Freezing Plants Private Practice Offices
Government Agencies
Consumer Affairs Office Food and Drug Administration School Lunch Programs
County Extension Services Food and Nutrition ServiceĀ  Senior Citizen Nutrition Projects
Department of Agriculture Head Start WIC (Women Infants Children) Program
Department of Corrections National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Department of Health Peace Corps

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Nutritional Sciences

Organization Job Title
Best Foods Associate Food Technician
UMDNJ Dietetic Intern
Raritan Bay Medical Center Dietitian Assistant
Pepsico Food Scientist
Celentano Inc. Food Technologist
FMC Corporation Lab Technician
Hanover Foods Management Trainee
US Army Medical Platoon Leader
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutritionist
Polaner Quality Assurance Technician
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Nutritional Sciences

Food Service Oprs., Fair Oaks Hospital Assistant Director
Hahnemann Hospital Nutrition Ctr. Clinical Dietitian
ECS Nutritional Services (Grad. work in Hospital Admin.) Consultant
Twenty-One Plus Director of Day Care Center
Greenwood Health Care Center (RN) Director of Nursing
St. James Hospital Health Care Nutritionist
Diets Made to Order Health Counselor
Cornell Cooperative Extension (MS Education) Home Economics Program Leader
Woodbridge School System Home Economics Teacher
Food & Drug Administration Investigator
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Boston University Nutritional Sciences Dietetics
Case Western Reserve University Nutritional Sciences Nutrition
Cedar Crest College Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship
College of Saint Elizabeth Nutritional Sciences Masters In Nutrition/dietetic Internship
College of Saint Elizabeth Dietetics
Concordia College-st Nutritional Sciences Dietetics
Georgia Institute of Technology Urban Planning Health Planning
Johns Hopkins University
Leeds Beckett University Other Clinical Dietetics
National University Public Health
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