Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook for Graduates in Nutrition or in Dietetics

Students who study under the Nutrition and Dietetics faculty at Lamar are preparing for a career that Money magazine recently rated as one of the top 3 “jobs for saving the world.” They made that assertion based on the fact that nutrition professionals are on the front-line for combating malnutrition and obesity, as well as for giving guidance to an increasingly-older population. Demand has been and will continue to be significant, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that the job market in this area should grow about 7-13% over the next 5-7 years.

Practitioners in the discipline provide a variety of services including (a) counseling individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life; (b) assessing nutritional needs and current health to develop and implement nutrition care plans; and, (c) consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals to determine nutritional needs and diet recommendations for patients or clients.

Nutrition is a flexible degree plan is designed for the student who desires to tailor a program of study to meet a variety of career goals. Alternatively, those who pursue the Dietetics degree plan gain the knowledge and skills required with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

In addition to the undergraduate concentrations, the department also includes a Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics, which is a post-baccalaureate requirement for those seeking to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Acceptance into the 11-month, 27-credit-hour program is competitive, as it prepares students for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, the final step in achieving that career goal.