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Careers in Nutrition

A Human Nutrition degree from Ohio State prepares students for careers in nutrition science, dietetics, fitness, food, medicine, allied health professions or public health. Discover just some of the careers our students have earned with their degree.

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Student jobs and internships

  • Adagio Health – Dietetic Intern
  • American Cancer Society – Health Promotion Intern
  • American Society for Nutrition – Membership and Marketing Intern
  • Center for Disease Control – Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Intern
  • Children's Hunger Alliance (AmeriCorps) – Nutrition Specialist
  • General Nutrition Center – Sales Associate
  • Madison County Hospital – Dietary Aide
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Healthy Weight and Nutrition Research Assistant, Medical Interpreter
  • Ohio Board of Dietetics – Summer Intern
  • Ohio Health – Patient Nutrition Advocate
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital – Patient Care Advocate
  • Select Specialty Hospital – Diet Clerk
  • The Ohio State University – Catering Student Manager, Researcher, Diabetes Prevention Program Student Assistant, Student Nutrition Research Volunteer, Student Research Assistant, Wellness Center Intern
  • Washington State CC – STEMM Camp Counselor, Nutrition Instructor
  • Wesley Glen – Dietary Aide
  • Wexner Medical Center – Student Nutrition Aide, Student Research Assistant
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – Breastfeeding Coordinator

Employment within one year

  • Abbott Nutrition – EAS/Consumer Rep, Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Alego Health – Epic Inpatient Support Analyst
  • American Red Cross/AmeriCorps – Blood Services Liaison
  • American Society for Nutrition – Member Relations Coordinator
  • City of Columbus – Nutrition Educator
  • Cleveland Clinic – Quality Coordinator, Wellness Institute Call Center Representative
  • Columbus Public Health – WIC Dietetic Tech
  • Healthways – Health Coach
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Clinical Research Assistant, WIC Dietetics Technician
  • Sodexo – Patient Food Services Manager
  • Tendercare Kalamazoo – Nutrition Services Director
  • Wendy’s – Menu Innovation Tech

Employment as Registered Dietician within one year

  • Abbott Nutrition – RD, Quality Coordinator
  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association – Con. RD
  • Cleveland Clinic – Dietetic Intern, Wellness Instructor
  • Hancock County– WIC Program Coord., RD
  • Lincare, Inc. – Clinical Dietitian
  • Mount Carmel Health System – Clinical Dietician
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital – WIC Dietician
  • OhioHealth – Clinical Registered Dietitian
  • The Ohio State University Hospital East – Clinical Dietitian
  • The Lean Green Bean – Owner, Coach, Blogger
  • Scioto County, Inc – Nutritionist
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Ultimate U Total Health – Registered Dietitian

Professional RD positions: 3-5 years post-graduation

  • Abbott Nutrition – Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Reinhart Foodservice – Corporate Dietitian
  • Albemarle Regional Health Services – RD/CDE
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital – LifeFit Wellness Diabetes Educator
  • Alego Health – Epic Inpatient Support Analyst
  • Mount Carmel Health System – Patient Services Supervisor
  • Wendy’s – Senior Research and Development Tech

Professions with an advanced degree

  • Abbott Nutrition – Associate Scientist
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital – Inpatient Diabetes Educator
  • Food Management Group – Dietetic Technician
  • North Carolina State University – Extension Services Agent
  • The Ohio State University – Certified Lactation Counselor, Clinical Instructor, Moms2B Program RD, Nutrition Services Program Director
  • OSU Park Medical Center – Oncology Dietitian
  • Spencer Research – Quality Control Moderator
  • The Rite Bite – Assistant Director of Nutrition
  • University of Minnesota – Jr Nutrition Scientist

Pay, job outlook and work environment

Data for the following professional area is available at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Activities to enhance your hiring potential

  • Build a LinkedIn profile to 100 percent
  • Conduct research with a faculty mentor
  • Join a professional association
  • Lead a related student organization
  • Master computer application skills
  • Minor in business, food safety, global public health
  • Plan a successful event for a campus organization
  • Read career periodicals for trends and legislative issues
  • Work at a medical facility, health non–profit, fitness center
  • Volunteer!