Career outlook

A degree in nutrition and food science

Students earning a degree in nutrition and food science will be prepared to enter the nutrition or food science profession, dietetics field, or positions in a variety of food businesses, research, and development.

Graduates are employed by public health and regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA and USDA), industries relating to food processing, manufacturing, quality control, and food safety and security, food service management (industry, schools or hospitals), government and community agencies, health departments and wellness programs, nutrition counseling offices, food businesses and sports nutrition as well as clinical nutrition (hospitals or extended care facilities).

Transferable skills

A nutrition and food science degree offers skills in:

  • Active listening and learning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical thinking
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Written and oral comprehension
  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards

Some careers in nutrition and food science

Career Median salary Market growth
Food Scientists and Technologists $65,840 2 – 4%
Food Service Managers $48,690 5 – 8%
Dietitians and Nutritionists $57,910  14% or higher
Dietetics Technician $26,040 9 – 13%
Community Health Worker $36,300 14% or higher

Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

Graduate study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Public health
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Physician assistant studies

More career options

Students graduating as nutrition and food science majors have found employment in food manufacturing and processing industries, and in government and community agencies. The federal government projects a shortage of food science graduates through, at least, the end of the century. Food science comprises many fields including developing new products, quality control, ensuring food safety, and many other exciting areas. The bachelors of science track is also an excellent way of fulfilling premedical or predental course requirements.

Students interested in working as nutritional practitioners may enroll in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Graduates are eligible to take the national registry exam of the American Dietetic Association and once credentialed, have secured employment in hospitals, health promotion agencies, extended care facilities, and in private practice. Graduates with a B.A. degree have secured employment as supervisors in restaurants, catering operations, and with large food companies in the metro Detroit area.