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What is Dietetics?

Dietetics is the area of study and employment involved with identifying the nutritional value of foods in a given diet. Individuals in this field will either work for government agencies identifying the nutrients in new foods, for private companies and businesses in the development of new foods and products, or as privately employed professional using one's skills to tailor diets to the needs of one's clients. Individuals in this field are well trained and highly educated, particularly on how certain foods, either alone, or in conjunction with other foods, may affect a given body based on various factors. 

Educational Requirements

A degree in dietetics prepares individuals for a career as a dietician.  A program in dietetics will educate an individual on the effects of various foods on the body, their nutritional value, and how best to optimize ones diet for a given purpose. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for entry level positions in dietetics as is experience through an internship either during or after the program. Programs will involve intensive study of physiology and how foods are broken down and absorbed by the body, what effects and results they may produce, and how such information may be utilized in a professional setting.

A curriculum in dietetics may include:

  • Food Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Microbiology

Employment Opportunities

A career as a dietician will involve making dietary plans that cater to individuals in order to achieve a pre-determined goal. Dieticians work with individuals to determine the clients likes and dislikes, their budget, asses a patient's health needs and restructure meal plans as needed. A good dietician will stay current on developments regarding his or her field, and will promote better nutrition and health through education. Individuals may also seek employment at government agencies with purpose of evaluating and rating new products prior to their release, or at private firms and businesses in order to help develop new products to be introduced into the market.

Job Growth, Salary and Related Fields

The growth for dietician jobs is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade as the average weight of the American citizenry increases and the need for better eating and diets becomes more realized. Dieticians may require certification or licensure depending on the state. Individuals interested in becoming a dietician should research their state's requirements. The average salary for a dietician is approximately $53,000 per year. Work in research or evaluation will be harder to find, though can be more lucrative.

Individuals interested in dietetics may also be interested in clinical nutrition, public health or dietitian assistant.

Colleges That Offer Dietetics

Listed below are the popular schools in the U.S. that may have dietetics programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University is the main institution of the State University System of Florida. It is classified as a doctoral research university, conferring more than 2,000 professional and graduate degrees annually. The FSU establishment sprawls over 1,500 acres in land area, with...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,402
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (850) 644-2525

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Starting with less than 200 students in 1949 under the name Los Angeles-Orange County State College, CSU Long Beach now sprawls over 300 acres with more than 80 buildings throughout its entire campus. It is officially the second largest among all CSU campuses, offering...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,052
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (562) 985-4111

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)
  • Nursing Administration (B,M)
  • Public Health, Community Nurse (B,M)

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university located on a 765-acre campus in DeKalb, Illinois, 65 miles west of Chicago. NIU is comprised of seven degree-granting colleges and 39 academic departments, offering 63 undergraduate programs and 78 graduate...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,066
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (800) 892-3050

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)
  • Nursing Science (B,M)

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Aside from being among the oldest members of the California State University system, SDSU is also the first and largest college in San Diego, California. It is now a highly-regarded research university, having come a long way from starting as an institute for teacher...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,578
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (619) 594-5200

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,622
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (517) 355-1855

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Nursing Science (B)

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The entire CSU system represents more than 400,000 students and more than 40,000 faculty and staff members, offering hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, making it...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,101
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (323) 343-3000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO

UNC is a public institution located in Greeley, CO and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled annually at University of Northern Colorado.Areas of study available at UNC include:Interdisciplinary...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,514
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (970) 351-1890

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Nursing Science (B)
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (B)

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

About California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, is a public, four year institution that was established in 1901. The school was originally a vocational high school, which changed when it...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,043
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (805) 756-1111

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public college that has a large number of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in a predominately suburban area. West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a yearly student enrollment of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,620
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (610) 436-1000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University (SJSU) is located in downtown San Jose, California, the heart of what is known as "Silicon Valley" - a busy area for the high-technology industry. The SJSU location is halfway between San Francisco and Monterey, California.  SJSU is one of 23...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,852
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (408) 924-1000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)

California State University - Chico

Chico, CA

About California State University - Chico, located in Chico, California, was established 1887 and began operations in 1889 as the Chico Normal School, an institution dedicated to training and education...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,890
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (530) 898-6116

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M)
  • Nursing (B,M)

Florida International University

Miami, FL

The Florida International University (FIU) is the only public research university in Miami, with campuses in University Park and Biscayne Bay. Both sites total more than 500 acres in land area, in addition to a number of regional learning sites and international campuses in China...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,417
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (305) 348-2000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B,M,D)
  • Nursing (B,M,D)
  • Nursing Science (B,M,D)

CUNY Bronx Community College

Bronx, NY

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, located in Bronx, New York, was founded in 1957 to meet the need of the area. The school was established by groups and individuals in the area that felt the Bronx needed higher education facilities. The school...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,254
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (718) 289-5100

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (A)
  • Nursing (A)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) (A)

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University (K-State) is a public research university. K-State has three campuses in Kansas: Manhattan Campus, Salina Campus and Olathe Campus, and offers more than 250 undergraduate majors. The K-State Graduate School at the Olathe Campus offers 65 master's...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,047
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (785) 532-6011

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati (UC) is one of the top 25 public research universities in the United States. Located in Ohio on what is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best national universities...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,784
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (513) 556-6000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (C,B,M)
  • Nursing (C,B,M)
  • Nursing Administration (C,B,M)
  • Adult Health Nursing (C,B,M)

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama (UA) is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. UA has an excellent faculty and programs, and has been ranked among the nation's top 50 public universities multiple times in recent years. The university offers academic degrees...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,200
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (205) 348-6010

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Nursing Practice (B)

Texas Woman's University

Denton, TX

Texas Woman's University provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Denton, Texas and publically funded. Enrollment at Texas Woman's University exceeds 14,000 yearly.Areas of study available at Texas...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,050
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (940) 898-2000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Nursing Administration (B)
  • Family Practice Nurse (B)

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Pomona, CA

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (CPP), or "Cal Poly Pomona," is a public university situated barely 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two "Polytechnic" universities in the California...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,125
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (909) 869-7659

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Iowa State University (ISU) is a top ranking university in Ames, Iowa, which is considered one of the best places to live in America. The school's central campus is known for its beauty and historic landmarks, and is notable for its landscape...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,726
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (515) 294-5836

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)

Simmons College

Boston, MA

Simmons College is a nonprofit private school that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Boston, MA, in a predominately urban area. Simmons College has an annual student enrollment of approximately 5,000.Students can select from...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,350
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (617) 521-2000

Programs Offered

  • Dietetics (B)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Nursing Administration (B)
  • Nursing Practice (B)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.