Most nutritionists have earned a bachelor’s degree and receive supervised training through an internship or as a part of their coursework. Also, many jurisdictions require nutritionists to be licensed. Their degrees are in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Programs include courses in nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and biology.

Nutritionists typically participate in several hundred hours of supervised training, usually in the form of an internship following graduation from college. However, some programs in dietetics include this training as part of the coursework.

Nutritionists must keep up to date with the latest nutrition research. They should be able to interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice. Because there are many aspects to the work of nutritionists, they should have the ability to stay organized. Management dietitians, for example, must consider both the nutritional needs of their customers and the costs of meals.

Nutritionists must listen carefully to understand clients’ goals and concerns. They also have to be emphatic to help clients confront and overcome dietary struggles. They must explain complicated topics in a way that people with less technical knowledge understand. For example, a clinical dietitian must be able to clearly tell clients about what to eat and why eating the recommended foods is important.

What are Nutritionists like?


Based on our pool of users, nutritionists tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Nutritionists by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 375 Sokanu users

Are Nutritionists happy?


Nutritionists rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 60th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Nutritionist Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Nutritionists

The most common degree held by nutritionists is Nutrition Sciences. 7% of nutritionists had a degree in nutrition sciences before becoming nutritionists. That is over 28 times the average across all careers. Fine Arts graduates are the second most common among nutritionists, representing 2% of nutritionists in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.8 times the average.

Nutritionist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Nutritionist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of nutritionists % of population Multiple
Nutrition Sciences 7.5% 0.3% 27.6×
Fine Arts 1.6% 2.0% 0.8×
Biology 1.6% 3.5% 0.5×
English Literature 1.6% 4.9% 0.3×
Psychology 1.6% 6.8% 0.2×
Culinary Arts 1.6% 0.5% 3.3×
Business Management And Administration 1.3% 6.5% 0.2×
Community And Public Health 1.3% 0.8% 1.6×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.9% 0.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.1% 1.6% 0.7×

Nutritionist Education Levels

57% of nutritionists have an associate's degree. 27% of nutritionists have a high school diploma.

No education 17%
High school diploma 27%
Associate's degree 57%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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