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Dietetics

2,382 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
516 Master's Degrees Annually
#14 in Popularity
$30,130 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dietetics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dietetics/dietitian graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,382
Graduate Certificate 634
Master’s Degree 516
Associate’s Degree 168
Basic Certificate 44
Undergraduate Certificate 26
Doctor’s Degree 4

What Dietetics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to dietetics and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dietetics Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Dietetics Majors

A major in dietetics 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Dietetics Majors

A major in dietetics will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Dietetics Major?

People with a dietetics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dietetic Technicians 9.3% $27,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists 14.6% $60,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics?

2,382 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 88% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dietetics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 104
Black or African American 109
Hispanic or Latino 314
White 1,669
International Students 59
Other Races/Ethnicities 127

Geographic Diversity

Dietetics appeals to people across the globe. About 2.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Dietetics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $30,130 to $61,210 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to dietetics. This range includes 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 dietetics 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 13.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.8%
Some College Courses 3.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.4%
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. 13.8%
Master’s Degree 9.9%
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. 2.0%
Doctoral Degree 3.9%

Online Dietetics Programs

In 2018-2019, 169 schools offered a dietetics 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) 9 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 15 2
Bachelor’s Degree 41 4
Post-Baccalaureate 9 1
Master’s Degree 48 10
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dietetics Worth It?

The median salary for a dietetics grad is $30,130 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 1,035
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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