UNK professor preparing a diet friendly meal

Pre-Dietetics

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Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

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Responsibilities of Dietitians and Nutritionists:

  • Assess patients’ and clients’ nutritional and health needs
  • Counsel patients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits
  • Develop meal and nutrition plans, taking both clients’ preferences and budgets into account
  • Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
  • Promote better health by speaking to groups about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases
  • Create educational materials about healthy food choices
  • Keep up with or contribute to the latest food and nutritional science research
  • Document patients’ progress

Average salary: $60,370 per year

11% Projected Employment Growth

from 2016 to 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Amanda Skalka

"I developed a professional relationship with my advisor Dr. Bryce Abbey, which helped spark my interest in Community Nutrition through undergraduate research.  I decided on an Exercise Science major and Nutrition minor while pursuing the prerequisites that would prepare me for a Master’s of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences to become a Registered Dietitian. I enjoyed learning from the UNK professors. They truly prepared me for success in graduate school. I interned with Kaiti George, RD, LMNT at the Kearney Hy-Vee. The opportunity allowed me to gain hands-on experiences working with clients one-on-one to help improve their diet quality. I have been able to use these experiences formed here at UNK to excel in my career."

Amanda Skalka

Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student, Iowa State University, IA