Nutrition & Dietetics

Every day, we are bombarded with countless food choices and what we eat has a significant impact on our health. Changes in our diet can help prevent or control many health issues like obesity, diabetes and can also limit the risk for cancer and heart disease. If you’re interested in studying nutrition and creating healthful diets to improve the well-being of others, then you should look into studying Nutrition and Dietetics.

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UTSA’s Nutrition and Dietetics Program

UTSA’s Nutrition and Dietetics degree serves as the foundation for the Master of Dietetics Studies (M.D.S.) and is the first step to becoming a registered dietitian. As you work toward earning your B.S., you’ll attend classes and acquire off-site practicum hours consisting of community dietetics, clinical dietetics, and food service management. In this unique program, you’ll earn a joint degree in both the B.S. and M.D.S., which will certify you to take the national exam to become a registered dietitian.

As a dietitian, you’ll determine the appropriate nutrition interventions for all stages of the life cycle. You’ll find employment in a number of healthcare facilities like hospitals, wellness and fitness centers and food service operations. Your career may include offering 1:1 counseling, group education, and nutritional assessments to promote health using medical nutrition therapy. You can also work in a teaching capacity in culinary schools and colleges, or conduct research for food and pharmaceutical organizations.

Careers in Nutrition & Dietetics

Top job titles for Nutrition & Dietetics graduates include:

• Dietitian/Nutritionist
• Fitness/Wellness Manager
• Sales Manager

Nutrition & Dietetics and its related career pathways are currently in much higher than average demand in San Antonio for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Detroit, MI and Denver, CO. More than 144,000 nutrition & dietetics-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Nutrition & Dietetics Graduates

Nutrition & Dietetics is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of nutrition & dietetics-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• General Hospitals
• Recreation Industries
• Special Food Services
• Assisted Living Facilities
• Advertising and Public Relations
• Higher Education

Salaries for Nutrition & Dietetics Graduates

The salary range for open nutrition & dietetics-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $37,829
median $54,565
top 10% $66,345

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Nutrition & Dietetics Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Nutrition & Dietetics graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Nutrition & Dietetics may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are a good planner
• You like being physically active
• You are well organized

Student Spotlight

Vaness Tilton ‘21

Kinesiology & Nutrition and Dietetics Major

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