Nutrition and Food Science

Earnings Potential
According to a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for dietitians and nutritionists was $46,980 in May 2006.  The lowest ten percent earned less than $29,860; the highest 10% earned more than $68,330.

Nutrition and Food Science Degree Facts at a Glance
College students pursuing nutrition and food science degrees take courses in nutrition in addition to science courses such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, and physiology.  Nutrition and food science majors might also complete courses in business management, statistics, psychology, and sociology.

Examples/Details of Work
While the Food and Drug Administration can set standards and enforce policy and doctors can inform, recommend and treat obesity-related illnesses, nutrition and food science professionals can have an impact at more grassroots level. Nutrition and food scientists, dietitians and consultants deal with both the biological and chemical the components of food. The goal is to maintain high standards of safety and sanitation while developing new processing methods and distribution techniques so that our food sources are not only abundant but affordable.

Obtainable Degrees
Bachelor’s, Master’s; licensure, statutory certification, or registration required depending upon state.