As college students we all hate the questions of “What are you studying” and “What are you going to do when you graduate”. Most of us have an answer for the first question but the second one tends to result in an “I don’t know”. As a Dietetics major I get these questions but it usually precedes with a confused look because they have no idea what Dietetics even means. I will not lie, Dietetics does sound like a made up word, but it is a great field of study. There are only about forty students per class here at IU. We get to learn what is in the food we eat and how it affects our bodies. Most of us want to become registered Dietitians, but there are so many other pathways you can take with a degree in Dietetics.
Those who are looking to become Dietitians have to endure an internship involving 1,200 hours of supervised practice at several locations. The internships are very competitive, but it is the time when you apply everything you have learned in school to real life situations. After completing the internship, we are eligible to take an exam to become licensed as a Dietitian.
Once a Dietitian, there are so many fields you can go into. Foodservice, clinical, or community settings tend to be the most common but I have heard of some unconventional career paths such as creating a nutrition based play in schools for young kids. In foodservice, you have the chance to design menus and make delicious food. In clinical, you design diets for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal failure and more to make sure they stay healthy. Community settings could include WIC or other organizations that offer nutrition aid and education for the benefit of the community.
If you choose not to become a Dietitian, there are plenty of other options. You can write online articles on health and nutrition or maybe even an entire book. You can become certified as a dietary manager to run your own restaurant or maybe open up a food store such as Bloomingfoods. If you love research, there is certainly a place for you because there is so much about nutrition we don’t know. You might even choose to work in the food industry and test foods before they go on the market. Either way, obtaining a degree in Dietetics is not limiting. The field is growing fast and is extremely flexible so that you can make what you want of it. If you are unsure, you can always shadow a Dietitian or talk with your career advisor about your future options with a Dietetics degree!
“Jenny Agostino is a senior at Indiana University. She plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Dietetics. After graduation Jenny hopes to complete a dietetic internship and obtain her license to practice as a registered Dietitian. She would also like to continue her education by attaining a Master’s degree in nutrition.”
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