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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 735
Bachelor’s Degree 153
Graduate Certificate 67
Basic Certificate 16
Doctor’s Degree 11
Undergraduate Certificate 1

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

A major in clinical nutrition prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Clinical Nutrition Majors

Clinical Nutrition majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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?

153 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
14% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 88% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 121
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Clinical Nutrition appeals to people across the globe. About 5.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Clinical Nutrition Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Clinical Nutrition majors often go into careers with median salaries of $61,210. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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 careers associated with clinical nutrition require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for clinical nutrition careers below.

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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 2019-2020, 46 schools offered a clinical nutrition program of some type. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 6 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 33 15
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 0
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 3,686
Other Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 549
Dietitian Assistant 349
Dietetic Technician 253

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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