The statistics are sobering, with the CDC reporting that half of all American adults – 117 million individuals – have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor eating habits and physical inactivity.* While today’s situation is grave, the chronic disease crisis looms even larger tomorrow with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health expected to affect an estimated 164 million people by 2025.**
To help combat this problem, the field of nutrition is more in demand than ever. The settings are diverse, allowing you to put your individual skill sets to work across a variety of work environments.
- Clinical: Work directly with patients in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers and private practices as a member of their health care team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a client’s nutrition care.
- Research: Conduct nutrition-related research and oversee clinical trials at colleges, universities, and governmental/private research facilities and private food companies.
- Education: Help transform habits by teaching, developing curriculum, or program administration to schools, employees, state boards, nutrition councils and the general public.
- Industry: Perform quality control, research, marketing and recipe development for food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and food service companies.
- Private Practice: Impact change through consulting, health and wellness coaching, writing and public speaking to individuals, companies, trade publications and non-governmental organizations.
- Food/Nutrition management: Administer food service systems, food sourcing resources, health and lifestyle coaching and developing nutritional programs for hospitals, hotels, spas, restaurants and schools.
- Community/Public Health: Advocate to influence the development of nutrition-related legislation to governmental, state and local agencies to develop and administer nutrition programs.
- Non-profit/International Food Organizations: Serve and educate across the world for organizations such as Oxfam, Peace Corps and the Center for Food Safety.
Experience and credentials vary so refer to Professional Requirements for more information about individual career paths.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Chronic Disease Overview, August 2015.
**International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, March 2018.