Nutrition, BS

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The BS program in nutrition provides students with the ability to apply nutrition principles in a variety of fields based on one of the following tracks.

Food and nutrition management --- Students develop an understanding of the food industry, learn to manage and market food, and develop a food or menu that meets a specific nutritional guideline, preparing them to apply their knowledge to food production.

Nutrition communication --- Students become experts in communicating health and nutrition information through nutrition courses that provide content for the articles students write in their communication-related studies. This track provides students with a strong understanding of the scientific method, statistics, nutrition, health care and wellness that some traditional journalists might lack.

Food studies --- Students gain knowledge in all aspects of food and food production through a strong foundation in nutrition, food systems and food marketing.

Degree Offered

Nutrition (BS)
Health Solutions, College of

Downtown Phoenix, Online

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Career Outlook

According to the National Restaurant Association, the number of food service managers is projected to increase by 15 percent in the next 10 years. The food and nutrition management track prepares students to become food service directors at schools, health care facilities and corporate food service operations. Graduates of the program aspire to own restaurants or nutrition-related businesses, work in supplement or pharmaceutical sales, or work in food marketing and distribution.

The nutrition communication track offers employment opportunities with community and health care agencies, magazines, newspapers, private corporations (e.g., public relations firms) and Web-based companies. Graduates can pursue careers as authors, consultants in program or product development, freelance writers for newspapers and magazines, and public relations representatives for food and beverage companies.

The food studies track prepares graduates for careers in food media, food policy, food history, culinary and food tourism, food product marketing and food product development.

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
Chefs and Head Cooks8.9%$41,610
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 6.3%$23,440
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products-7.8%$19,910
Food Science Technicians4.9%$35,140
Food Scientists and Technologists3.5%$61,480
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9.9%$29,560
Lodging Managers7.6%$47,680
Green Marketers 4.7%$96,720
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Food Service Managers5.1%$48,560
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030

* 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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