Dietetics, BS

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Become a food and nutrition expert. Your path begins with becoming an RD, a registered dietitian, or an RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist. Dietitians are the health professionals who translate the science and art of nutrition and food service for the public.

The BS program in dietetics is the required initial step in the education and training of the dietetics professional.

Coursework prepares students to apply for a dietetic internship, which is required to sit for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian. In addition to nutrition courses, students complete a broad range of science, management and communication classes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, prior to sitting for the registration exam, students will be required to have a master's degree in addition to completing a dietetic internship. This is a change implemented by the credentialing body for registered dietitians, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and will be a nationwide requirement. More information can be found at https://www.eatrightpro.org/about-us/become-an-rdn-or-dtr/dietetic-careers.

ASU's bachelor's degree program in dietetics is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plz., Ste. 2190, Chicago IL 60606-6995; phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

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Dietetics, BS

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Career outlook

The nutrition and dietetics field provides employment opportunities in a variety of areas:

  • client consultation, including for diabetes management or weight loss
  • education
  • food and nutrition industry
  • food and nutrition marketing and sales
  • nutrition and health promotion
  • school food service

Graduates may find opportunities in environments such as hospitals and other health care facilities or public health agencies.

Most with this degree pursue further education and careers such as:

  • dietetic technician, registered
  • registered dietitian or nutritionist
  • school nutrition specialist

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Community Health Workers 15.2%$42,000
Dietitians and Nutritionists 8%$63,090
Dietetic Technicians 5.9%$30,110
Food Service Managers0.6%$56,590

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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