What can I do with a major in Dietetics?
UGA Specific Information for Dietetics
The nationally accredited Dietetics major at the University of Georgia includes comprehensive coursework in nutritional sciences and foods to prepare students for a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This coursework includes nutritional sciences classes that cover the functions, sources, and requirements of nutrients across the lifespan. Students learn about how food and nutrient intake impacts disease development and treatment and take courses in nutrition education, public health nutrition, food principles, and foodservice systems management. A strong background in sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and microbiology is needed.
Registered Dietetian Nutritionists provide nutrition guidance to help people improve their health and wellness. In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, students must apply for and complete a highly competetive post-graduate dietetic internship of at least nine months following completion of the Bachelor of Science degree. This may be combined with a master's degree. 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, long-term care facilities, and private practice. Other opportunities include working as a public health nutritionist or managing foods or nutrition care services in health care facilities or schools. Some dietetics professionals conduct research or are educators in universities and medical centers.
Employers Hiring UGA Dietetics for the Class of 2016*
Alkaline Wellness Center | and Children | CrossFit Loganville | Georgia Department of Public Health | Infants | Katherine Moseley | Metropolis | The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women
Possible Employers Who May Hire UGA Dietetics Majors
Ahwahnee Hotel | Atlanta Eats | Eye Tech Eye Center | Food and Drug Administration | Hormel Foods | Jenny Craig | JYC International | KIND Snacks | Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, L.L.C. | Mercy Health Center | Northeast Health District | Peace Corps | Piedmont Healthcare | Quick Weight Loss Centers | SEC CrossFit | State Government | The University of Georgia | University of Georgia | USDA
Job Titles of UGA Dietetics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Au Pair | Crossfit Coach | Manager | Nutrition Consultant | Nutritionist | WIC Nutritionist
Possible Job Titles for UGA Dietetics Majors
Assistant to Health Chef | Child and Prenatal Nutritionist | Dietetic Technician | Field Sales Representative Trainee | Nutrition Educator | Optometric Technician | Patient Representative | Product Sales | Project Coordinator | Public Health Nutritionist | Weight Loss Consultant
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Dietetics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Augusta University | Bay Pines VA Healthcare System | Florida State University | Georgia Southern University | Georgia State University | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta | Life University | The Ohio State University | The University of Alabama at Birmingham | The University of Georgia | The University of Missouri-St. Louis | Utah State University | Winthrop University | Yale University
UGA Dietetics Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** 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”)
Non-R.D. Options (from the UMass Amherst Department of Nutrition)
EatRight Careers via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics