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Career Opportunities with a Master's Degree in Nutrition Education

Become a Health Advocate Within Your Community

The need for nutrition education is surging, and the nationwide campaign for healthy nutrition and better lifestyle choices is picking up momentum. Whether it’s addressing chronic illness, the obesity epidemic or the needs of the ever-increasing aging population, highly credentialed nutritionists are needed in a wide variety of areas. Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations.

Graduates of our online master’s program are able to claim the following skills and areas of expertise when entering the job market:

  • Knowledge of how to design nutrition education programs and advance nutrition education in various settings including schools, communities, public health departments, and the food industry
  • Familiarity and experience with nutrition research and an understanding of where to find and interpret accurate, reliable and evidence-based nutrition information
  • An understanding of how nutritional health intersects with many other health topics such as physical activity, child development, aging, quality of life, disease prevention, and health policy
  • Understand the gender and cultural differences affecting health and nutrition and be able to reach across cultures to educate people of all backgrounds
  • The ability to use cognitive behavioral techniques to address health risk factors such as over-eating, stress, smoking, poor diet, and limited physical activity

We Know Success

Our Graduation Census shows that 95 percent of our Master’s graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) were employed within six months of graduation. That includes graduate programs in the Department of Health Studies (DHS), which is part of CAS. Following is a sampling of where some of our former graduates from DHS have secured employment:

  • NextJump
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • A Wider Circle
  • Sodexo
  • AARP
  • LiveHealthier
  • Whole Foods

Choose Your Field of Interest

With an online Master of Science in Nutrition Education, you have the advanced credentials needed to obtain a position in a variety of fields, including:

  • Public Health Departments
  • Independent Health Coaching
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • School systems
  • USDA/Government
  • Gyms/health clubs
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Food companies

Read a transcript of our recent Webinar with Dr. Anastasia Snelling which goes into details on the career paths with a Master’s in Nutrition Education.

Nutrition Education In Action

Click on the links below to keep up with the latest happenings, news, and accomplishments of our program faculty.

2015 Dietary Guidelines Updates
Anastasia Snelling, Department Chair, Program Director and Dean

Dr. Anastasia Snelling, Program Director, Featured in Journal of School Health

Washington Post: School Lunches are More Nutritious When Students Get Involved
Anastasia Snelling, Program Director and Dean

WTOP: A School Lunch Menu Where Students Have a Say
Anastasia Snelling, Program Director and Dean

Washington Journal: Nutrition Label Changes
Anastasia Snelling, Program Director and Dean

Career Services

American University’s career center offers valuable online resources to students and alumni including:

  • Job search resources
  • Access to the online alumni community
  • Internship resources
  • Scholarship resources
  • Career counseling via telephone

Graduated and current students can also network online and upload their resumes directly to prospective employers by making an account at AU Career Web, our online career search tool.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Dietitians and Nutritionists, on the Internet at (visited September 9, 2015).

Be a driving force behind nutrition education. Click here to learn more about the online Master of Science in Nutrition Education or call 855-725-7614 to speak with an admissions adviser today.