Careers

If you’re considering a career in nutrition or dietetics, you probably see a correlation between health and nutrition. Maybe you’ve witnessed a loved one develop type 2 diabetes or perhaps you’ve personally experienced the benefits of healthy eating in your own life. Whatever the case, you know this: health and nutrition go hand in hand.

We know human health is intimately related to the quality and variety of foods we consume. We think of nutrition and dietetics from the perspective of input and output. In order to enjoy a healthy life, it is essential for all people to have a deeper understanding of how the food that we consume (input) affects the performance of our bodies and our overall health (output).

Opportunities

A degree in dietetics culminating with the registered dietitian credential provides many options for employment. Job opportunities are available in the clinical area in hospitals, long-term care facilities, specialized healthcare settings, and insurance companies.

In addition, there are many opportunities in the community including positions in federal and state programs like the Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Program, Head Start and Area on Aging. The food service industry is also a place for employment including hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate operations, and school systems. Other areas where dietitians provide their expertise is in sports nutrition, universities, private practice, research, writing, and other government agencies such as the FDA and the USDA.

For current information related to a career in dietetics, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hear From Our Students

Laura F, Distance-Online student

When searching for dietetics programs I saw in the program description that an Integrative Medicine course was included and knew that this was the program I wanted to be a part of. After finishing this class, I want to state that I appreciated and truly LOVED this course! I learned SO much through this class and I feel like it has only whetted my appetite to learn more about all the topics we learned about, particularly the nutrigenomics and the functional nutrition sections. The Entrepreneurial RD course is the other class I was super-interested in. As we developed our business plans over the semester, what I learned in the Integrative Medicine class led me to a few re-writes simply because I am thinking differently and want to include my new knowledge into a potential business. I know there is a lot of work ahead of me but I am excited about this as a potential career path. Thank you for making this a part of the program!!

 

Hear From Our Recent Graduates

Sarah Amidon, Indiana Distance-Online Recent Graduate

I chose to pursue EMU’s program specifically because the online distance option offers the flexibility that students of all ages and backgrounds need. As a mom with 2 small children, doing coursework from home is crucial. I have found the instructors and support staff to be unparalleled and eager to help you succeed. With an emphasis on entrepreneurship, I will walk into my career as a Registered Dietitian ready to start my private practice!

Lexi Jungbluth, Maine Distance-Online Recent Graduate

Changing careers to pursue a Masters with EMU’s online coordinated dietetics program has been a rewarding experience.   What could have been intimidating and overwhelming has been welcoming, challenging, supportive, and fulfilling.  Completing supervised practice experience hours in conjunction with the course work has enabled me to apply the knowledge real time and meet influencers and potential employers along the way. This is a comprehensive program that prepares its students for success.

Brittany Smith, Florida Distance-Online Recent Graduate

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at EMU has been everything I could have hoped for and more! My first year in the program has challenged me in the best ways, and the growth I have seen in myself makes me proud and excited for the future. I have learned so much through my classes and supervised practice experiences and I am confident that I am being set up for a successful future as a Registered Dietitian. I feel supported by everyone involved in the program and wake up every day thankful to be a part of it!

Hear From Our Program Alumni 

Gina Worful, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Speaker and Published Author

I am so grateful I made the decision to take the dietetics program at EMU. The structure allowed me to effectively learn and gain experience to start practicing as a registered dietitian right after graduation. I had the opportunity to work directly with professors to prepare me for the licensing exam and confidently approach my career. I owe it to EMU’s dietetics program for a great educational experience and guiding me to achieve my dream career. 

Samantha Sanner, RDN, LDN Clinical Nutrition Manager at Coral Gables Hospital

After I graduated from EMU Dietetics Program I moved to Florida and began working for a consultant company. Morrison Healthcare quickly saw the potential in me and I was offered career advancement as Clinical Nutrition Manager at Coral Gables Hospital. Currently, I am on the fast track to become a director within Morrison Healthcare. I can attribute my success to the dietetics program at Eastern Michigan University. I could not be more proud to tell people that I have graduated from this program as I believe it has prepared me greatly for the real world of dietetics and has enabled me to move up so fast. I am very excited to see where my career takes me within Morrison Healthcare. I want to thank you all for all that you do and for continuing to give back to the future dietitians.

  • Ashley Runge, MS, RD, Clinical Dietitian at Memorial Medical Center, Ashland, WI

    EMU’s Dietetics Program is one-of-a-kind! Even for students in the distance program, such as myself, the department staff members are very personal and attentive to our educational needs. I now have friends and colleague connections from all over the country! Shortly after graduating, I was offered a position at my clinical Supervised Practice Experience site. I credit EMU’s comprehensive program for being well-rounded in the field of dietetics, and I would not trade my experience for anything!
  • Melissa Flynn, MS, RD, LDN, Dietitian at Wilmington Treatment Center – A recovery hospital

    The EMU coordinated dietetics program sets a high standard! My preceptors constantly commented on the comprehensiveness of EMU’s program, compared to other programs they had encountered. The challenging courses, the supportive teaching staff and the engaging environment helped me to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for a career in dietetics. I passed my RD exam and was employed within three months of completing the graduate program!

    Thank you EMU!

  • Patrick Johnson, MS RD CD PA-S, Lead Dietitian at Capital Medical Center, Olympia, Washington

    10 years ago, I graduated from the undergraduate Eastern Michigan University Coordinated Program in Dietetics and regard that formative education as one of the best choices I could have made as a Registered Dietitian - So much so that I completed my online masters from 2016 to 2018 at EMU.  As a clinical preceptor for distance students in dietetic programs from all over the country, I hold the Eastern Michigan University curriculum and faculty in very high regard.  The program provides students with the requisite knowledge and expectations to thrive after graduation in any practice setting. 

    09.2022  

  • Raquel Carter, RDN

    The CP in Dietetics was an opportunity for me to change careers and pursue my passion for nutrition and healthcare. I was challenged intellectually and I also grew as a person and as a professional. The academic department as well as my preceptors were very supportive and encouraging. I was well prepared for the RD exam once I completed my studies and I am proud to be a dietitian and alumni of this fantastic program.

Additional Information

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About

Learn about the Dietetics program accreditations, read our missions statement and find out about our program goals.

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Why get a dietetics degree?

Find out what careers you can pursue with a degree in dietetics and hear from our alumni.