Nutrition & Dietetics

What a career in Human Nutrition all about...

"If you want a career that is exciting, challenging, and allows you to succeed, excel, and feel good about what you do, then consider the field of dietetics.

Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It's a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity--and the possibilities are endless.

Health, nutrition, and fitness have become a way of life. People want to feel good and look good. Eating right for a healthier lifestyle and learning about good nutrition are top priorities, and people are eager to learn even more. These changes mean increased opportunities in the field of dietetics.

Dietetics professionals work in healthcare, education and research. They work in sales, marketing and public relations. Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians also work in government, restaurant management, fitness, food companies, and in private practice. The direction you take, and how far you take it, are your choices."

~American Dietetics Association

Salad Preparation

Students providing education in the community.

Dr. Angela Fraser discussing food-borne illnesses.

What is a registered dietitian (RD) and how do I become one?

Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who have met professional criteria to earn the credential of RD.

Steps to becoming an RD:

   1. Complete an accredited BS degree such as   
       the one at Clemson University
   2. Complete an accredited dietetic internship
   3. Pass the National Registration examination
       for dietitians
   4. Complete on-going continuing education to 
       maintain the registration.

At Clemson University, our students have a 5-year first-time pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians of 90%.    

Dr. Beth Kunkel talking about the importance of local farmers markets.

Taking Blood Pressure
Student taking a woman's blood pressure.

Careers in Dietetics and Human Nutrition

  • Community Nutritionist
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Pediatric Dietitian
  • Cardiovascular Dietitian
  • Healthcare/School Food Service Director
  • Private Practice Dietitian
  • Sports/Wellness dietitian
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Dietitian in Business and Industry
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • A Nutrition/Dietetics degree is also an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing pre-professional career paths like Medical School, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, etc.

Job Outlook and Salary Information for Nutritionists and Dietitians

Prospective Students

Career Center

Departmental Accreditations

American Dietetic Association

Research Chefs Association

Informational Brochure: Nutrition and Dietetics

                                                                                            Curriculum: Nutrition & Dietetics

                                                                                            Course Descriptions

                                                                                            2013-'14 Department Student Handbook