Major Overview

Nutrition is a vast, interesting and important topic that affects all of us. A Food, Nutrition & Related Services Major will give you the chance to learn about the role that diet plays in prevention, development, and treatment of major diseases. You will learn how to critically evaluate food and nutrition information and also how to use research to eat better. The role of food and nutrition plays an integral part of a person's health and development through their entire life cycle.

If you are itching to explore principles of food science and safety, food management and business, and issues of hunger and food insecurity, this is the major for you.

Some classes you may take in this major include: human nutrition, advanced nutrition, community nutrition, life cycle nutrition, introduction to food science, eating through history, nutrition and chronic disease, biochemistry, microbiology, psychology, anatomy and physiology, and statistics.

Some of the concentrations available in this major include: Food, Nutrition & Wellness Studies, Human Nutrition and Foodservice Management. Not all concentrations are available at every school, so research your college thoroughly to make sure they have the classes that most interest you.

Required Skills

Communication skills will play a huge role in this major. You should be comfortable with giving oral presentations, teaching classes, and creating and presenting scientific posters. Part of your coursework will include writing research papers and creating a nutrition education portfolio. Work on your communication skills while in college to prepare yourself for a career that involves a lot of public speaking as well as one-on-one interaction. You will need to constantly research to stay current in your knowledge. As a professional, you will likely be working with diverse people groups so an open mind and patience in explaining your research is necessary.

Many schools will require an internship before you graduate. This will allow you to gain experience in the field before you enter the workforce.

Career

A degree in Food, Nutrition & Related Services will open up a variety of diverse, interesting and fulfilling career options. You may decide to become a Registered Dietitian; in this job you will provide food and nutrition expertise in hospitals, research centers, schools, fitness centers and other settings. You will also have the option to enter into a sales or marketing position for a health or food service, or become a health researcher or writer. Graduates also find work in public health, sports nutrition, or other health food related fields.

Graduates with a degree in food, nutrition, and related services average $37,950 as a starting salary with a mid-career salary of $54,491.

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Yearly Graduations
 4,585
Average Starting Salary
$37,950
Average Mid-Career Salary
$54,491

Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Food, Nutrition & Related Services might open up.

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Dietetic Technicians
Dietitians and Nutritionists
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Food Service Managers
Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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