These professionals also direct activities such as coordinating testing, quality control and production of any nutrition-based research, policies and general recommendations.
While a graduate degree may not be a requirement for this position today, one should consider the need for a master’s degree to be competitive in the future. Starting in 2024, a master’s degree will be required to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) license. Expanding your educational background may not only prepare you to explore higher-level positions such as dietetics and nutrition manager, but also to elevate yourself to the same level as soon-to-be RDs.
Finding a degree program that provides you with the right focus is essential. According to Maryann Smitt, an acute care therapeutic nutrition specialist at Abbott Nutrition, it’s important for your master’s degree to help you develop transferrable skills in the areas that interest you most. She earned her Master of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) through the online program at ASU. This degree, based on the scientific foundations of nutrition, reinforces the development of skills essential in health science, including project management, interpretation of research literature, critical inquiry and problem-solving. Designed with working professionals in mind, the online MS in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) is available to RDs with at least one year of professional experience.