What can I do with a major in Dietetics?
UGA Specific Information for Dietetics
Optimum food and nutrient intake plays a critical role in disease prevention and health maintenance. There is an increasing demand for professionals in the field of dietetics who can provide quality food and nutrition care services to individuals and groups. The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to prepare students for successful careers in dietetics and encourage students to assume leadership roles in their profession and in society. The dietetics major is a Didactic Program in Dietetics approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, students must complete a supervised practice program, such as an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, to become eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.
The field of dietetics offers many opportunities related to foods and nutrition in health care, management, education, business and industry settings. Clinical dietetics positions are available in hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, and private practice. Other opportunities include management of food or nutrition care services in health care facilities, schools or restaurants; public health nutrition; research and/or education in universities, medical centers, and government agencies.
** Includes Self-Employed
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
-Participate in the Career Center's Intern for a Day program to explore career fields of interest.
-Conduct informational interviews. Build your network through brief one-on-one conversations with professionals in your career fields of interest. Speak to your Career Consultant to discuss how to set up and prepare for informational interviews.
-Join a student organization related to your interests and goals. Get active and taken on leadership roles in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience.
-Look for student-specific and career resources from professional associations affiliated with your career fields of interest.
-Take on an internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunity related to your career fields of interest. Utilize Handshake to find these opportunities.
-Seek research, presentation, and writing opportunities.
-Explore and discuss graduate school options and resources early.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
Career Insider: Vault Guides (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "Career Insider". Select "Industries and Professions".)
Candid Career (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "CandidCareer.com". View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
5 Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Non-R.D. Options (from the UMass Amherst Department of Nutrition)
Employment Opportunities in Dietetics for UGA Students/Graduates by Dr. Emma Laing
Dietetic Internship Application Process by Dr. Emma Laing
Suggestions to Improve Your Chances at Getting a Dietetic Internship Position via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
EatRight Careers via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Dietetics Majors for the Class of 2017*
Augusta University | Charleston Southern University | Emory University | Florida State University | Georgia Southern University | Georgia State University | Louisiana State University | Meredith College | New York University | Samford University | Texas Woman's University,The University of Alabama at Birmingham,The University of Georgia,The University of North Florida