The study of dietetics teaches you to use nutrition in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. All of these are linked to what we put into our bodies. With an environment distinguished by supportive faculty and small class sizes, CMU prepares you to become a registered dietitian. Research, group work and involvement with the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics enhance your experiences. An internship prepares you for careers in hospitals, schools, health care facilities and private industry. Some students choose to attend graduate school.
Put Your Degree to Work
With a dietetics degree, you’ll choose among careers such as:
- clinical dietitians, who provide medical nutrition therapy for health care patients;
- community dietitians, who develop nutrition programs to prevent disease and promote health; and
- management dietitians, who oversee large-scale meal planning in hospitals, corporate cafeterias and schools.
You also might choose to be a food scientist/researcher, a nutritionist who counsels people on achieving healthier lives through better eating or even a pharmaceutical sales rep.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Dietitian/nutritionist||$55,240 per year||21% (14,200 more jobs)|
|Food scientist||$58,610 per year||9% (3,600 more jobs)|
|Sales rep (such as pharmaceutical)||$57,870 per year||9% (169,300 more jobs)|