Where Nutritionists Work

The vast majority of nutritionists work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, nursing care facilities, retirement homes, physician offices or offices of other health care providers. Others work for public health agencies, in schools, universities, research organizations, and governmental agencies such as the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nutritionists may also work in private practice for companies or organizations, or for government agencies that have people with specific dietary needs. Professional sports teams and collegiate athletics programs also employ nutritionists.

No matter where they work, nutritionists typically help develop diet plans to improve performance and health. Nutritionists may specialize in areas such as diabetic, renal, cardiovascular, or pediatric dietetic care.

As the public has become more interested in nutrition, this has led to additional job opportunities for nutritionists in advertising, marketing, and food manufacturing. Food manufacturers face new regulations on food labeling and need nutritionists to help analyze their foods, prepare literature for distribution, and make recommendations.

Nutritionists may work in an office setting or in hot, busy kitchens. Many nutritionists are on their feet much of their day as part of their duties. They typically work forty hour weeks but may also work in the evenings and on weekends. Part time work is also available for nutritionists.