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What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science in the US

With more Americans embracing the role of nutrition in healthy living, the demand for nutritionists is on the rise. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science research the psychological and metabolic responses of the body to various diets and explore the sociocultural factors influencing individuals’ choice of food. As such, they are well-placed to assist children and adolescents in health promotion, and disease prevention and management.

Before listing the careers available to nutrition science graduates, here are some of the institutions offering the degree:

So, which careers can you pursue upon graduation?

1. Pediatric Nutritionist

If you love working with children, this could be the career for you. Many nutrition science programs offer pediatric nutrition coursework, meaning graduates are able to enhance the health of children. Pediatric nutritionists help parents and caregivers to select healthy foods for their kids, from infancy to the troublesome teenage years. They find jobs in pediatric clinics, general hospitals and nutrition consulting firms. According to Indeed, pediatric nutritionists earn an average annual salary of $57,000.

2. Food Science Researcher

Instead of pursuing a career that enables you to practically apply your knowledge of nutrition science, you could choose to focus on research. Working as a food science researcher, your job is to gather more information on a wide range of topics. For example, you could research the chemical composition of the raw materials used to manufacture cooking ingredients. Your findings can be used by processing plants to manufacture ingredients that add nutritional value to our meals. Online Nutrition Degree reports food science researchers earn $53,250 a year.

3. Food Service Manager

Usually, people with only a high school diploma and vast food service experience are hired as food service managers. But, that is in fast-food chains and restaurants that pay little regard to the principles of restaurant nutrition. With a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, you can land this position in fine/high-end restaurants with lucrative remuneration packages. Your job will be to ensure the food served in the facility meets the set nutritional standards. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food service managers earn an average annual salary of $53,130 annually. Experienced managers can earn up to $82,370.

4. Public Nutrition Officer

Public health agencies rely on individuals with a background in nutrition science to develop effective nutrition programs. Working as a public nutrition officer, you will conduct community education programs to sensitize families on the role of good nutrition in healthy living. The job also involves answering nutrition-related questions from the public. If you choose this career, you can also find it at humanitarian aid organizations. According to Indeed, public nutrition officers earn an average annual salary of $62,000.

5. Sports Nutritionist

If you pursue a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science that offers concentrations in sports nutrition, then you won’t need a graduate degree to become a sports nutritionist. Here, you will work with sportsmen from golfers to footballers. Your job is to counsel them on the foods that can improve their fitness and sporting performance. Some sports nutritionists also work with coaches, community groups and athletic teams. Indeed reports that sports nutritionists earn $52,000 a year.

Finally, the BLS projects a faster-than-average (21 percent) job growth for dietitians and nutritionists within the next seven years. So, by earning a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, you can land any of these jobs without much hassle.

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