Dietetics


Dietetics

Dietetics majors are not the inventors of weight loss diets. Rather, they’re individuals who study health and nutrition, cost of food and labor to make food, and from that create healthy and efficient meals and nutrition programs. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree to work as a Dietician.

Is This Major Right for You?

Do You Like These Things?

Dietetics majors are educators who like nutrition. Most of what they do is teaching people about proper nutrition and health practices. They like being with people, whether it’s one-on-one or with large groups.

Do You Have These Skills?

Dietetics majors are good communicators. They understand the science behind your food consumption, but they also get that their patients or clients don’t. They can simplify things clearly so that everyone is on the same page.

Who Shouldn't Pick This Major

Swiss rolls and Twinkies are awesome. Entire diets of them by registered Dieticians are not awesome. You need to decide if you’re going to be a Dietician or if you need the constant help and guidance of a Dietician.

Is This What You Want After Graduation?

What You'll Learn

You’ll take classes in math, statistics, computer science, economics, sociology and psychology. You may wonder what all of those have to do with Dietetics – well, all your nutrition classes will round off your education, and soon you’ll get how they all fit together.

Jobs You Might Get

Dietician majors can focus their careers any number of ways. They can focus on Clinical Dietetics, which takes place in hospitals and nursing homes. They can focus on Community Dietetics, which helps educate people from children to the elderly on eating a healthy diet. Then there’s Management Dietetics, which runs meal planning for big feeding grounds like prisons or schools.

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Pay close attention in your health classes. Health and diet always go hand in hand, so you’ll want to have a good handle on health sciences in genera.

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There are lots of great internship opportunities available for Dietician majors. You can find these opportunities at your local hospital or nursing home, health centers, prisons and schools.