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Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Your career in dietetics will only be limited by your imagination!

Welcome to one of the professions that has been ranked as a hot career choice for 2020 and beyond. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for dietitians is expected to grow faster than the average profession.

Twenty-five years ago, when a dietitian became an R.D., only a handful of employment opportunities were available. Typically, dietitians worked in health care settings, in either clinical or food service management, while a few dietitians worked in education. Today, in addition to traditional career paths, dietitians are moving in directions they have never gone before, and interest in non-traditional jobs is increasing. The "well" population has developed an interest in fitness and healthy food choices. This has opened the doors of employment to non-traditional fields: private practice, public health, business, industry, education, product development, government/politics, media, marketing, book publishing, sales, health promotion, sports nutrition, spas, fitness centers, and restaurants. Opportunities even exist for consultants and public speakers.

Thank you for choosing the Southern Illinois University Human Nutrition and Dietetics major. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program is designed for students who wish to meet core knowledge for the RD and become eligible to apply for an accredited internship program to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The field of dietetics is important to our society and you will be able to use your talents to its benefit.

The faculty and staff are happy to have you here! Please feel free to contact me for more information.