Your degree in Nutritional Sciences

While studying Nutritional Sciences, you’re learning knowledge of human nutrition by combining the foundational elements of biology and chemistry to influence and educate communities and organizations involved in the human health sector.

You’ll develop important skills through acquiring in-depth nutritional knowledge and be prepared for careers in research that impact public health and advance scientific knowledge. 

These skills may include:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research and data synthesis related to nutrition, such as vitamin deficiencies in remote communities
  • Usage of laboratory techniques, such as titration and extraction 
  • Project management and experimental design for the food industry
  • Critical analysis of current nutritional science literature and report writing related to nutrition and community health
  • Application of logical and systematic thought processes to understanding the structure and functioning of nutrients
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative research to identify nutritional issues in a community
  • Creation of nutrition care plans based on scientific research and a variety of social factors, such as income, geography, and/or education
  • Microscopy
  • Analytical method development or validation, ensuring compliance with safety regulations regarding quality assurance or quality control

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including nutritional research, wellness, healthcare programming, food industry consulting, nutritional education, community and social services, hospital management, nutritional promotion and communication, food service management, 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.
 

Health policy research analyst

Health promotion program officer

Health services researcher

Mental health programs consultant

Aboriginal outreach worker

Medical doctor

Pharmacist 

Nursing

Rehabilitation sciences  

Food service supervisor

Freelance researcher for nutrition book

Health food supplement sales agent

Health services researcher

Home economics teacher

Lab technician

Mental health programs consultant

Naturopathic doctor

Nutrition and fitness consultant

Nutrition communication associate

Nutrition specialist

Pharmaceutical sales representative

Quality assurance/lab technician

Veterinary medicine food service supervisor 

Make the most of your major

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

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.

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

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 Wine Research Centre
Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.

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.

Beneath One Sky UBC
Volunteer with this non-profit student-run organization to support impoverished communities in Greater Vancouver through events like a soup kitchen. 

UBC PATHS
Attend events and help raise awareness and funds for common neurodegenerative diseases.

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.

Summer Abroad for Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Study overseas and immerse yourself in a new culture during the summer with a partnering university.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Learn about the agency that safeguards food, animals, and plants for Canadian communities

Health Canada
Dive into the department assisting Canadians with their individual health situations.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Connect with 13 health research institutes involved in innovating the Canadian health care system.

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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