Nutritionists work in hospitals, long and short-term care facilities, clinics, research institutes, and in industry. They can also be self-employed, working as consultants, or work in the personal trainer/fitness industry. For more detailed information on careers in nutrition, visit

Required courses. Requirements vary by program. But many programs require the following:

  • Chemistry – two semesters
  • Organic chemistry – two semesters
  • Biology- two semesters (BIO 114 and 213 or 214)
  • Human Physiology
  • Nutrition

Also recommended: Biochemistry

Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The general test is required by most programs. However, some programs accept either the MCAT or GRE.

Years of post-graduate education required: The MS degree is a 1 to 2 year program. The PhD generally takes 2 to 3 years beyond the MS degree.