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Career Options

Why Dietetics? A career in Dietetics is a good choice if you:

  • Are interested in the relationship of nutrition to health
  • Want the opportunity to help others
  • Want to be part of a health care team
  • Enjoy a diverse work environment
  • Are interested in food, health promotion, disease prevention, and health care

 

When a student chooses a major in college, very often the question, "What can I do with this major?" arises. The scope of practice of dietetics is broad, enabling program graduates to pursue careers in many areas. Registered Dietitians are employed in:

  • Hospitals, outpatient centers, home care agencies, long-term care facilities and other health care institutions providing medical nutrition therapy and education, and/or managing food service systems
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs providing nutrition education and counseling
  • Food and nutrition-related businesses and industries working in consumer affairs or product development
  • Private practice providing services to food service companies, counseling individual clients, and/or consulting to a broad array of institutions and businesses
  • Community and public health setting s advising the public on ways to develop healthy eating habits
  • Sales positions in health related businesses such as pharmaceutical companies and medical supply companies
  • Universities, medical centers, or pharmaceutical companies teaching or participating in research

 

A sample of positions held by program graduates from the UConn's CP and DI:

  • Clinical Nutrition Managers- Hartford Hospital, St Francis Hospital, Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • Shop-Rite Supermarket RDNs
  • Outcomes researcher - Yale/NHHH Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
  • School Foodservice Director
  • Dietitians in Community Health Centers
  • Employed by Wellness Coaches USA working at Bloomberg LP
  • Bariatric Dietitian, Hartford Hospital
  • Corporate Dietitian, Subway
  • Oncology dietitian
  • Renal dietitian
  • Clinical dietitians in hospitals and long-term care
  • Sports dietitian for Columbia University
  • Bureau Chief - Health/Nutrition & Family Services - CT Dept of Education
  • PhD graduates doing research for private companies and tenured track faculty positions
  • Research dietitian

 

Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agricutlture and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375