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Alternative Jobs For The Non-RD

Alternative Jobs For The Non-RD


Many people graduate from their bachelor’s degree and don’t directly apply to their dietetic internship. Some people may want to gain more experience before applying. Others may have no desire to become a registered dietitian and just want to work in the field of health and wellness. Regardless of what one’s end nutrition goals are, countless jobs are available for the non-RD. – Sarah

Here is a list of alternative jobs which require a bachelor’s degree but not an RD credential.

  • Restaurant owner or manager
  • Cook/Chef (at a restaurant, retirement community, school, etc)
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant consultant for food labeling or menu analysis
  • Long-term care diet aide
  • Community nutrition educator with a major university or community college
  • Cooking demonstrator or Culinary educator
  • Non-profit organization nutritionist such as WIC
  • Nutrition educator for non-profit organizations
  • Team leader for an organization such as Feed My Starving Children
  • Weight loss camp coordinator or supervisor
  • Skilled nursing facility as an assistant
  • Health promotion speaker
  • Chair member within a local or national organization
  • Dietary supervisor
  • Consumer communications with a food company
  • Program director for a government education program
  • Food scientist
  • Food service administrator
  • Food service manager
  • Health food store management
  • Health inspector
  • Quality control supervisor for a food processing plant
  • Sales representative for medical, aesthetic, or pharmaceutical company
  • Grant writer
  • Marketing specialist for food companies, nutrition publications, or organizations
  • Public relations for food companies, nutrition publications, or organizations
  • Website developer for nutrition professionals
  • Brand ambassador for food-related companies
  • Nutrition writer for health newsletter, magazine, blog, online forum, or other media
  • Social media writer for companies
  • Nutrition coach
  • Wellness coach
  • Registered Diet Technician (with a certificate) for hospital, clinical setting, or other health care setting

Have more alternative job ideas? Contact us today and let us know! The opportunities are abundant! Finding your fit takes some research and networking and you are on your way to obtaining your dream job.

Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach at Eating Free, an online adult weight management program. She also provides in-person nutrition coaching at a private practice, MV Nutrition, in San Francisco, CA, where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Sarah Koszyk is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog focusing on recipes, family health tips, and videos with kids cooking in the kitchen. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach specializing in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.


  1. Hala
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I hold a BS in dietetics from Lebanon and find it so hard to apply for the Dietetic Internship. I memphis, I can not land job without an RD, at least that is what I have been told for several years.. ( my focus is on picky eaters and obese children).
    Your advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

  2. Guna
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Non-RD jobs such as food scientist or quality assurance management positions earn more money than most RD’s. Most of the successful nutrition cousultants where I live are non RDs. Most hospitals are replacing RDs with RNs.

  3. Priya
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I hold masters degree in foods and nutrition from India.i have been searching jobs for past 1 year disappointed and moved my career to medical coding currently doing my course.pls help me where do I start and look for positions in the field of nutrition.

  4. Carmen
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    I have taken the RD exam several times and score 24 time after time. I was fired because of that. I was crushed and gave up on my self and my ability to work in my field. I live in the LA area any suggestions?
    Thank you