nutrition-and-dietetics

Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Nutrition & Dietetics:

  • Become a registered dietitian and have completed prior internship/work experience
  • Keep your undergraduate GPA high ( at least a 3.0 or higher)
  • Have at least two letters of recommendation from professors and/or work colleagues/supervisors

 

 

Strategies

Gain experience and expertise in a specialty area of nutrition. Earn additional certifications in fields such as fitness or athletic training

  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business administration, marketing, or advertising.
  • Develop strong written and verbal communication skills. Gain computer expertise
  • Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes to gain experience working with patients or the elderly. Plan to earn the Hospital Registered Dietitian credential.
  • Learn and become familiar with federal government application procedures.
  • 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.
  • Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human relations and group dynamics.
  • Learn to speak another language to reach a greater variety of clients and be aware of cultural and religious customs/dietary guidelines

This is a pdf of great questions for a dietetics interview from Miami University.

  • Here are some good interview questions from the University of Wisconsin-Extension with the corresponding skills you might need on a resume needed for Nutrition Educators:
  • Ability to organize work and to work independently.
    • Describe how you like to be supervised. What kinds of questions and decisions would you typically bring to your supervisor for discussion?
    • Relate an example of when you chose not to involve your supervisor in a problem or issue and why not. This example could be from a non-paid position.
    • Experience with socially, economically and/or culturally diverse populations.  Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse audiences.
  •  Describe your experience working with socially, economically and/or culturally diverse populations. Why did you choose to work with this audience?
    • Why do you think that it is important for UW-Extension to offer the programs it does? How would you explain the need for these programs to a friend who was skeptical about them?
  •  Ability to teach and present ideas effectively.
    • What characteristics do you have that make you a good at teaching people?
    • Describe a time when you helped someone with a diverse background such as (give an example from your county) learn something. How did you make it a positive and effective experience?
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis.
    • Describe your experience working as part of a team on either a paid or non-paid basis. Give an example of how your team solved a problem and tell us about your role in the process.
    • Describe a time when you had to use verbal communication skills to get a point across or to help someone understand your way of thinking.
  • Ability to keep accurate, complete and timely work records.
    • Describe the records and reports you have had to complete. What did you do to ensure they were completed accurately and on time?
    • The following three qualifications (F, G and H) are related to transportation.
    • Ability to regularly participate in meetings held at sites through the geographic area served.
    • Ability to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions.
  •  Ability to assume weekly travel throughout the county and occasional travel within the district and state.
    • This position requires that the person be able to travel throughout the county meeting with families, individuals and organizations. (Describe for the candidate the average amount of time spent per day/week out of the office and how often they will be expected to travel for state and district meetings. If meetings require overnights, describe frequency to candidate.) Is there anything that will prevent you from doing that?
  • Ability to schedule evening and occasional weekend work.
    • This job requires that you be able to attend meetings and conduct training at various times, including some evenings and weekends. (Describe for the candidate the average amount of time per week/month that will require evening and weekend work.) Will this be a problem for you?
    • Paid or non-paid experience related to food and nutrition education.
  •  Tell us about your knowledge of food and nutrition. What are your thoughts on or experience with:
    • MyPyramid food guidance from the USDA:
    • Pre-natal nutrition:
    • Feeding babies and young children:
    • Food safety:
    • Food shopping and food choices to stretch food dollars:
    • (Add topics important in your county)
    • Previous paid or non-paid experience with families living with limited economic resources.
      • Describe your experience working with families who are living with limited economic resources.
      • Did you do anything differently than you would with families not on a limited income? Why or why not?
  •  Group leadership and/or informal teaching experience.
    • Describe your leadership experiences(s) and give an example of a time when your leadership role made a difference.
    • Tell us about a time when you had to help someone learn something. What did you do?  What worked and what didn’t?
    • Have knowledge and demonstrative ability to work cooperatively with other agencies and other community-based services and organizations.
      • What agencies and community organizations in our county are you familiar with?
      • Suppose you had a disagreement with someone in an agency not affiliated with the University system. How would you solve it?

Career Resources for Nutrition & Dietetics Majors:

Nutrition & Dietetics Degree Types:

Master of Science (M.S.)

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.)

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (D.C.N.)

Career Paths:

Master’s Degree:

  • Clinical Nutritionist
  • Public Health Advocate/Educator
  • Healthcare administrator/manager

PhD:

  • Professor
  • Nutrition Researcher

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Median Salary:$56,950

Outlook: 16%

Agricultural and Food Scientists

Median Salary:$60,690

Outlook: 5%

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Median Salary:$42,450

Outlook: 13%

Career Resources for MS Human Nutrition:

Salary and job outlook information

Position 2012 Median Pay Percent Growth 2014-2024
Dietitians and Nutritionists $56,950 per year  16%
Agricultural and Food Scientists $60,690 per year 5%
Health Educators and Community Health Workers $42,450 per year 13%
Biological Technicians $39,750 per year 10%


  • This is an article on resume tips and has example resumes for Nutrition and Dietetics majors from the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsThis is a really good resource with many relevant skills that a nutrition and dietetics major might want to put on a resume:Here’s some skills from Metropolitan State University of Denver:
    1. Good communication skills
    2. Teaching skills
    3. A desire to help people
    4. Interest in food science
    5. Belief in the value of proper nutrition
    6. Positive attitude about physical fitness and wellness
    7. Planning, instructing, and record keeping skills

    Organizational and management skills

  • Here is a pdf with a bunch of nutrition related interviewing questions
  • This is a pdf of great questions for a dietetics interview from Miami University
  • Here are some good interview questions from the University of Wisconsin-Extension with the corresponding skills you might need on a resume needed for Nutrition Educators:
    • Ability to organize work and to work independently.
      • Describe how you like to be supervised. What kinds of questions and decisions would you typically bring to your supervisor for discussion?
      • Relate an example of when you chose not to involve your supervisor in a problem or issue and why not. This example could be from a non-paid position.
    • Experience with socially, economically and/or culturally diverse populations.  Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse audiences.
      • Describe your experience working with socially, economically and/or culturally diverse populations. Why did you choose to work with this audience?
      • Why do you think that it is important for UW-Extension to offer the programs it does? How would you explain the need for these programs to a friend who was skeptical about them?
    • Ability to teach and present ideas effectively.
      • What characteristics do you have that make you a good at teaching people?
      • Describe a time when you helped someone with a diverse background such as (give an example from your county) learn something. How did you make it a positive and effective experience?
    • Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis.
      • Describe your experience working as part of a team on either a paid or non-paid basis. Give an example of how your team solved a problem and tell us about your role in the process.
      • Describe a time when you had to use verbal communication skills to get a point across or to help someone understand your way of thinking.
    • Ability to keep accurate, complete and timely work records.
      • Describe the records and reports you have had to complete. What did you do to ensure they were completed accurately and on time?
      • The following three qualifications (F, G and H) are related to transportation.
    • Ability to regularly participate in meetings held at sites through the geographic area served.
    • Ability to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions.
    • Ability to assume weekly travel throughout the county and occasional travel within the district and state.
      • This position requires that the person be able to travel throughout the county meeting with families, individuals and organizations. (Describe for the candidate the average amount of time spent per day/week out of the office and how often they will be expected to travel for state and district meetings. If meetings require overnights, describe frequency to candidate.) Is there anything that will prevent you from doing that?
    • Ability to schedule evening and occasional weekend work.
      • This job requires that you be able to attend meetings and conduct training at various times, including some evenings and weekends. (Describe for the candidate the average amount of time per week/month that will require evening and weekend work.) Will this be a problem for you?
    • Paid or non-paid experience related to food and nutrition education.
      • Tell us about your knowledge of food and nutrition. What are your thoughts on or experience with:
        • MyPyramid food guidance from the USDA:
        • Pre-natal nutrition:
        • Feeding babies and young children:
        • Food safety:
        • Food shopping and food choices to stretch food dollars:
        • Nutritional Genomics
      • Previous paid or non-paid experience with families living with limited economic resources.
        • Describe your experience working with families who are living with limited economic resources.
        • Did you do anything differently than you would with families not on a limited income? Why or why not?
      • Group leadership and/or informal teaching experience.
        • Describe your leadership experiences(s) and give an example of a time when your leadership role made a difference.
        • Tell us about a time when you had to help someone learn something. What did you do?  What worked and what didn’t?
      • Have knowledge and demonstrative ability to work cooperatively with other agencies and other community-based services and organizations.
        • What agencies and community organizations in our county are you familiar with?
        • Suppose you had a disagreement with someone in an agency not affiliated with the University system. How would you solve it?

  • Gain experience and expertise in a specialty area of nutrition. Earn additional certifications in fields such as fitness or athletic training
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business administration, marketing, or advertising.
  • Develop strong written and verbal communication skills. Gain computer expertise
  • Learn and become familiar with federal government application procedures.
  • Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human relations and group dynamics.
  • Learn to speak another language to reach a greater variety of clients and be aware of cultural and religious customs/dietary guidelines
  • Volunteer in hospitals or nursing homes to gain experience working with patients or the elderly.
  • Perform research in a nutritional setting and be able to present your findings
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in biology and chemistry

University of New Haven

  • Human Nutrition (M.S.)
  • Healthcare Administration (M.S.)

University of Bridgeport

  • Human Nutrition (M.S.)

University of Connecticut

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics (M.S./PhD.)
  • Health Promotion Sciences (M.S./PhD.)
  • Nutritional Science (M.S./PhD.)
  • Public Health (M.P.H./PhD.)

University of Saint Joseph

  • Nutrition (M.S.)

Columbia University

  • Nutrition and Education (M.S.)
  • Nutrition and Public Health (M.S.)
  • Nutrition and Exercise physiology (M.S.)
  • Community Nutrition Education (M.Ed.)
  • Doctor of Education in Nutrition (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition (PhD.)
  • Nutritional and Metabolic Energy (PhD.)

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences University

  • Clinical Nutrition (M.S)
  • Healthcare Management (M.S.)
  • Clinical Nutrition (D.C.N.)
  • Health Sciences (PhD.)
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)

New York University

  • Clinical Nutrition (M.S.)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (M.S.)

California State University

  • Nutritional Science (M.S.)
  • Kinesiology (M.S.)

Appalachian State University

  • Nutrition (M.S.)

Oklahoma State University

  • Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics (M.S.)

 

Related Groups:

American Society for Nutrition

American Council on Science and Health

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

American Nutrition Association

National Association of Nutritional Professionals

The International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists

American Clinical Board of Nutrition

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Public Health Association

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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