Work with people to help plan and maintain healthy food consumption and improve wellbeing. Promote health and the control of disease through nutrition. Make diets specialized individually, and help with mental health to ensure good choices. If you really like food, and want to help people stay healthy, this may be the career for you.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Monitor foodservice operations
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions, and current health plans.
  • Help patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans, diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.
  • Help individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition.
  • Work with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient
  • Write research reports and other publications to document and communicate research findings.
  • Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Health Occupations
— Northwestern Michigan College 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Nutrition and Dietetics Program
— Western Michigan University

Dietetics Program
Michigan State University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Consider working with your parental guardians to look at your own eating habits and make improvements where necessary. Make sure to do so with caution and do plenty of reading ahead of time from trusted professional organizations! 


The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Consider attending Northwest Education Services’ Health Sciences Program to start your journey!


Pathway 2

Look into local 2-year programs like Health Occupation at Northwestern Michigan College.

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year school to complete your bachelor's degree.

Western Michigan University

Michigan State University


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Clinical Dietician
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Outpatient Dietitian
  • Pediatric Clinical Dietician

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