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States with nutrition schools

How will your nutrition education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the nutrition education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 406 traditional nutrition schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have nutrition programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California
  3. New York University - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in nutrition were earned by 12,152 students in the US. Of these students, 2,007 graduated from certificate programs in nutrition, 8,170 graduated from undergraduate programs in nutrition, and 1,975 graduated from graduate-level programs in nutrition.


Students can pursue education in nutrition at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Nutrition
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition
  • Master's Degree in Nutrition
  • Doctoral Degree in Nutrition
  • Certificate in Nutrition

Nutrition students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their nutrition degree:

  • Diet Design
  • Prenatal and Infant Nutrition
  • Multicultural Health and Nutrition
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative Thinking


In 2010, nutrition schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $19,692 per year. The following nutrition schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584
  3. Tufts University - located in Medford, Massachusetts, students paid $40,342

The following nutrition schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  3. University of Utah - located in Salt Lake City, Utah, students paid $5,746

How will your nutrition job compare?

A large number of nutrition majors work as nutritionists after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 53,510 nutritionists working in the US. The largest populations of nutritionists are in the following states:

  1. California - 5,390 Nutritionists
  2. New York - 4,520 Nutritionists
  3. Texas - 3,320 Nutritionists

Projected Growth

The number of nutritionists is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 22%
  2. Washington State - 21%
  3. Oregon - 19%


Nutritionists in the US can make an average of $50,485 per year. However, factors such as your employer, location, or your boss can cause the salary for a nutritionist to vary greatly. A nutritionist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,690 per year to more than $143,970 per year. Nutritionists in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Maryland - $77,010 per year
  2. Hawaii - $66,010 per year
  3. California - $65,020 per year

On average, a nutritionist earns the least in the following states:

  1. Mississippi - $44,650 per year
  2. Montana - $44,740 per year
  3. Nebraska - $45,530 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Dietitians and Nutritionists 53,510 $54,340 9.5%
Dietetic Technicians 23,890 $28,820 0.5%