Graduates with a B.S. in Nutritional Science find employment in major research centers; biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries; community nutrition programs; non-governmental organizations; and the fitness industry.
Other jobs are available with food security advocacy groups (e.g., food banks, anti-poverty organizations), health advocacy organizations (preventing osteoporosis, cancer, or heart disease), trade groups for commodities (citrus fruits, vegetable growers), and people working to increase food security (farmers’ market organizers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [formerly called food stamps] as educators or administrators). Specialized skills or training such as laboratory research experience, bilingual proficiency, journalism courses and experience, or service learning with local, national, or international community organizations make students more competitive for these jobs.
Many graduates with a BS in Nutritional Science have gone on to obtain a graduate degree (e.g. MS, MPH, PhD) at institutions such as BYU, Stanford University, the University of Illinois, the University of Utah, Utah State University and University of Rome Tor Vergata. In addition, Nutritional Science graduates have attended medical schools at Duke, Baylor, and the Mayo Clinic (among many others), dental schools at Ohio State, University of Pittsburgh, and University of the Pacific, as well as schools of osteopathy, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, and accredited physician assistant programs.
Most nutrition counseling services are provided by Registered Dietitians. Students interested in a career as a nutrition counselor should consider majoring in Dietetics.