Kinesiology: B.S. Nutritional Sciences
Depending on the specific coursework completed, students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences could be employed in various career outlets, including:
- General nutrition education programming and implementation.
- Health promotion and/or nutrition program planning.
- Health inspection for a regulatory body or government agency.
- Quality control for food processing plants.
- Nutrition for women, infants, and children
- Research assistance for nutrition studies in hospitals or universities.
- Food services menu planning, purchasing and budgeting.
- Weight loss programming.
- Marketing and sales for food industries.
- Food and nutrition writing (print or electronic media) for health newsletters and/or magazines, food production and promotional companies, and newspapers.
- Food planning in camps, schools, private company cafeterias, community agencies, sports teams, and hotels.
- Restaurant menu consultation.
- Involvement in the Peace Corps.
- Pharmaceutical Research.
According to the national occupational outlook handbook, employment opportunities are expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth will result from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will boost demand for nutrition-related programming and expertise in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home healthcare agencies. Public interest in food and nutrition, and increased emphasis on health education, also will spur demand for professionals in this field. Please know that a degree in the Nutritional Sciences does not qualify students for the credential of a “Registered Dietitian”.