Career Opportunities With a Master's Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition

Earning a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition can lead you to a fulfilling and successful career in the health industry. At Northeast College of Health Sciences, our Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition can be completed in as little as 2 years, completely online. Our program is designed to help you prepare for a career in nutrition with the highest standards of assessment, intervention, health promotion, and case management. What does a promising career in nutrition look like? We're breaking down the many career opportunities you can look forward to after graduation.

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Where Can You Work?

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Becoming a clinical nutritionist opens the door to so many different opportunities. Upon graduation, most clinical nutritionists work in a private practice setting, the food supplement industry, direct patient care in an outpatient setting, college teaching, and research. If choosing a specialty like sports nutrition or pediatrics, your work environment might look slightly different and you might work at a sports organization, athletic club, or a pediatric care facility. Whether you prefer to work as part of an integrated healthcare team or as a nutritional consultant, you will be well-qualified and prepared.

What Will Your Day-To- Day Look Like?

Although the career path you choose will influence your daily schedule, your day would most likely consist of one-on-one meetings with patients and their families. While working as a clinical nutritionist your main job functions would include assessing and implementing dietary strategies and nutritional therapies. You might also be called upon to create dietary treatment plans to help a wide variety of individuals -- for example, those managing conditions such as diabetes or those receiving chemotherapy.

Choosing multiple routes to pursue at once isn’t uncommon for our Northeast alumni. Take Ana Maria Moise, for example. Moise, a 2012 graduate, works as a primary clinician in Massachusetts, specializing in gut health for pediatric and family nutrition. In addition to her primary clinician position, Moise works as a nutrition counselor at a residential, educational facility for youth with psychiatric or developmental disorders. She says the most rewarding part of her job is helping patients take control of their health and return to a level of healthy they had long forgotten.

What About the Job Market and Earning Potential?

Nutritionists have a phenomenal job outlook: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nutritionists have a projected job growth of 8% by 2028, which is 4% more than the total projected job growth for all occupations. Salary is another important topic to consider when choosing your career path. Also according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for nutritionists in May 2019 was $61,270, with nutritionists in outpatient care centers making the highest average salary.

If you are interested in earning a master's degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition and are looking for a flexible program, Northeast College of Health Sciences might have the program for you. Our 100% online program can lead you to become an expert in science-based, whole-foods approaches to optimal health and performance in as little as 2 years. For more information, visit our program page.