Dietetics Professor

Teach university students about diets and nutrition.

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Salary Range
$32,000 – $116,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dietetics Professors do?

Dietetics Professors teach college students the art of planning out a healthy diet, and how food and nutrition affect the human body. Like a Mechanic for the body, you know how everything runs and what to fix when things don’t function properly. Most Dietetics Professors start by working in a medical or clinical setting and counseling clients on proper dieting choices before moving up to the Professor position.

For the job to run smoothly, you must create lesson plans, write out tests and exams, and research books and other educational materials available for your classes. The day is spent lecturing, grading student work, and planning for the next class session.

Often, you still work with clients on the side. You may counsel patients one day and teach at a university the next. Since good nutrition plays an important role in caring for a family, Dietetics Professors may also teach home management skills related to eating healthy, managing finances, building strong family relations, and caring for children.

Professors may also visit other schools as guest lecturers. Teaching fewer classes and opting instead to hold occasional campus lectures on the subject of nutrition allows you to make time for both students and clients, without giving preference to one or the other.

Should I be a Dietetics Professor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Assistant Professor of Dietetics, Didactic Program in Dietetics Director See More

    How to become a Dietetics Professor

    Most Dietetics Professors have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaac9v&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29|master%27s+%2871%25%29|doctorate+%2825%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,71
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