Your degree in Dietetics

While studying Dietetics, you’re learning to help people in all different facets of their lives from their physical wellbeing to cultural environment through food and nutrition.  

You’ll develop important skills to advocate for and educate others on nutrition in a variety of industries while gaining a professional designation.

These skills may include:

  • Creating nutrition care plans based on scientific research and a variety of social and health factors, such as income, geography, and/or education
  • Assessing food- and nutrition-related issues of communities and populations
  • Analyzing nutrition-related risks in programs
  • Obtaining and interpreting data related to the human body
  • Developing and managing service and educational programs and projects related to dietetics 
  • Obtaining and interpreting food and nutrient intake data
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies or excesses
  • Performing calculations to determine nutritional requirements for individuals 
  • Examining current scientific nutritional studies to evaluate nutritional programs effectiveness
  • Developing advocacy skills to address misinformation and encourage positive eating behaviours
  • Using a systems-based approach with clients to provide

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including healthcare, education, the food and beverage industry, consulting, extended care facilities, government and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.
 

Clinical dietitian

Administrative dietitian

Consultant dietitian

Public health dietitian

Research dietitian

Food service supervisor

Dietary technicians

Director of dietetics

Home care services director

Home economist

Health services institution executive director

Health information and promotion director

Health program operations manager

Healthcare consultant

Health care planner

Health promotion program officer

Education curriculum development director

Education program administration manager

Child health care programs planning officer

Drug and alcohol abuse consultant

Mental health residential care program manager

Mental health programs consultant

Nutrition educator

Family services area manager

Make the most of your major

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Departmental events
Network with Dietetics students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Dietitians of Canada Student Representatives
Connect with students in the program as well as dietetics students across Canada through association events.

UBC Farm
Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.

Agora Eats Café
Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student run café within the MacMillan building.

UBC Nutrikids
Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools. 

Roots on the Roof
Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest. 

UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus. 

Food Nutrition and Health mailing list
Subscribe to receive a weekly email update on postings for volunteer and paid opportunities related to food and nutrition

Vegans of UBC
Work with other vegans to build a more ethical and healthier UBC community.

BC Children’s Hospital research
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

SuperChefs
Empower and educate children on obesity using programs showcasing balanced nutrition, food preparation, and building positive lifelong habits for well-being.

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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