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Careers in Nutrition and Food Science for Graduates

Careers in Nutrition and Food Science – Are you a student of nutrition and food science, thinking of the career path that you will dive into after graduation? The truth is that most students don’t even know the area that they would like to work after they their studies at the University, so we have decided to take as a point of duty to gather all the career paths that are available for all the students studying the course.

So if you have been wondering about the career paths that are available for graduates of this course, then stay put, read this article, and get to know about all the careers open for graduates of this course.

Apart from being a graduate of nutrition and food science, candidates who are just planning to get admission into the University can also read this article and gain pre-knowledge of the career that they are about to get into.

Careers in Nutrition and Food Science

About Nutrition and Food Science 

Food is an essential path of our daily lives and no one can do without it. The best thing that will happen to you is when you eat the best food that your body requires, you will also get the best result, and that is the work of the students of nutrition and food scientists.

Food Science is the discipline that is studied in the University. As a student of the course, you are expected to offer courses in areas such as biology, mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering.

Careers in nutrition and food science are vast, however, graduates who want to major in the general course can do so, while those who want to major in some special areas can also do the same, in this section I will be sharing with you different areas of careers that you can find as a career path for yourself as a graduate of nutrition and food scientist.

Careers in Nutrition and Food Science

Nutrition and Food Science is a very vast field that has to do with the human body and the food they consume. The process begins from the farm and ends on the plate. Let us now look at the different career paths in nutrition and food science, so that graduates of this course can find a living.

Career Areas for Dietetics & Nutrition Graduates

Those who are going to focus on dietetics and nutrition have the to opportunity work in any of the following career areas:

  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Dietitian in public, 
  • Private or government health program
  • Dietetic manager within a business or clinical setting
  • Sports nutrition dietitian

Career Areas in Food Science

Some graduates of nutrition and food science want to focus mainly on food science. Take a look at the following options and apply to anyone that you have passion for:

  • Food Chemist
  • Food Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Food Product Developer
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Food Industry Sales Representative
  • Food Quality Analyst
  • Flavor Chemist
  • Sensory Scientist

Potential Careers for Nutrition & Health

Graduates of Nutrition and Food Science, who want to specialize in nutrition and health, can dive into a career path as listed below:

  • Production Chemist (Bio-Rad Laboratories)
  • Nutrition Product Developer
  • Quality Assurance (Food Industry)
  • Nutrition Scientist (pharmaceutical)
  • Health Professionals in Public Health
  • Health professionals in Dentistry
  • Health professional in Veterinary Medicine
  • Laboratory Research Technician

Potential Careers in Hospitality Management

Careers focused on the restaurant and food business, is also a different path that graduates from nutrition and food science can consider. If you want to specialize in hospitality management as a nutritionist and food scientist, you can focus on areas such as:

  • Assistant Restaurant Manager
  • Catering/Banquet Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Event/Sales Manager

Potential Career path in Education/Communication

Graduates of nutrition and food science can also redirect their area of focus on the path of education and communication:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Public Health
  • Culinary Science
  • Nutrition Communication
  • Health and Wellness Coordination
  • K-12 Nutrition Programming 

Career Areas in Food Service

Another career area that a graduate of nutrition and food scientist should focus on, is the area of rendering food services to people, and organizations.

  • Food Service Director/Assistant
  • Nutrition
  • Education/Communication



What is the example of the potential Food Industries that a nutritionist can work with?

Examples of potential food industries that you can work with include:

  • General Mills, 
  • Land ‘O Lakes 
  • And many others. 

What are the positions that nutritionists can occupy in a potential food industry? 

If you are working for a food-producing company, as a nutritionist and food scientist, you can be hired to work in any of the following positions:

  • Regulatory positions
  • Nutrition Communications
  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Test Kitchens and Culinary
  • Food Service Sales
  • Development of K12 products
  • Food Labeling

What are the Universities that offer nutrition and food science in Nigeria?

If you intend to offer nutrition and food science, here are the Universities to look out for:

  • Bayero University, Kano, Kano State
  • Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  • Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State
  • Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi, 
  • Modibbo Adama University, Yola, 
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
  • University Of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State
  • University Of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
  • University Of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State
  • University Of Maiduguri, Borno State
  • University Of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
  • University Of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State
  • University Of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
  • Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta,
  • Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture, Umudike,
  • Federal University Of Technology, Akure, 
  • Federal University Of Technology, Minna, 
  • Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, 
  • Federal Polytechnic, Offa,
  • Bells University Of Technology, Ota, 
  • Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State
  • Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State
  • Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin City, 
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji,
  • Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State
  • Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State
  • Mountain Top University, Makogi-Oba, 
  • Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State
  • University Of Mkar, Gboko, Benue State
  • Wesley University, Ondo, Ondo State


Thank you, if you read this article to the end. Now as a graduate or a prospective student of nutrition and food science, you know the career path that you have to dive into after your graduation.

Amos Nya
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