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Clinical Nutrition

194 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
757 Master's Degrees Annually
#63 in Popularity
$61,210 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Clinical Nutrition Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many clinical nutrition/nutritionist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 757
Bachelor’s Degree 194
Graduate Certificate 74
Doctor’s Degree 10

What Clinical Nutrition Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, clinical nutrition majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical Nutrition Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in clinical nutrition should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Skills for Clinical Nutrition Majors

clinical nutrition majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Clinical Nutrition Majors

As you progress with your clinical nutrition degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Clinical Nutrition Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with clinical nutrition:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dietitians and Nutritionists 14.6% $60,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition?

194 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
10% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical nutrition majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clinical Nutrition Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 161
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Clinical Nutrition, too. About 4.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Clinical Nutrition Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to clinical nutrition is $61,210. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with clinical nutrition may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to clinical nutrition have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 27.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 32.2%
Master’s Degree 23.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 4.6%
Doctoral Degree 9.2%

Online Clinical Nutrition Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 schools offered some type of clinical nutrition/nutritionist program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 5 3
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 33 16
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Clinical Nutrition Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical nutrition grad is $61,210 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 53% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $426,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical nutrition.

Major Number of Grads
Dietetics/Dietitian 3,774
Other Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 482
Dietetic Technician 296
Dietitian Assistant 290

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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