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Nutrition (SOC CODE: 29-1031.00)

Job Description Overview

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

Related Careers

  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Animal Scientists
  • Food Scientists and Technologists

Sample Job Duties

  • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans, diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.
  • Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient or client.
  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate dietary, nutritional, and epidemiological research.
  • Write research reports and other publications to document and communicate research findings.
  • Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes.
  • Manage quantity food service departments or clinical and community nutrition services.
  • Coordinate diet counseling services.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Nutition: Certificate

      Business Division
      Certificate N0453

      This certificate is designed to give students basic knowledge and skills in nutrition science, food science, food preparation, and food safety and sanitation. The courses prepare students for entry-level employment as nutrition assistants, community nutrition workers, and dietary service workers in clinical, community, long-term care, and institutional foodservice worksites. 

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      HRM 52Food Safety and Sanitation2
      NF 1Introduction to Nutrition as a Career2
      NF 20Principles of Food with Laboratory3
      NF 25Introduction to Nutrition Science3
      or NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      NF 28Cultural and Ethnic Foods3
      Choose three units from the following:3
      NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 30
      Food Science Technologies
      NF 40
      Healthy American Cuisine
      NF 81
      Cooking for Health and Wellness
      NF 82
      Vegetarian Cuisine
      NF 91
      Work Experience in Nutrition and Dietetics
      Total Units16

       Nutrition and Foods Website

    • Nutition & Dietetics: AS-T

      Business Division

      The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer introduces students to the principles and methodologies used in the study of nutrition and dietetics. Students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees in nutrition and dietetics. 
      To earn an Associate of Science in Nutrition for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of 18 units more. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      NF 25Introduction to Nutrition Science3
      or NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
      or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      CHEM 50General Chemistry I5
      or CHEM 50H General Chemistry I - Honors
      Select one course:4-5
      MICR 1
      Principles of Microbiology
      or MICR 22
      List A
      Choose two courses7-8
      ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Anatomy 1
      or ANAT 10B
      Introductory Human Physiology
      MATH 110
      Elementary Statistics
      or MATH 110H
      Elementary Statistics - Honors
      or PSYC 10
      Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
      List B
      Choose one course
      NF 20Principles of Food with Laboratory3
      NF 28Cultural and Ethnic Foods3
      Total Units for Major25-27
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 239-42
      Total Units60

      Nutrition and Food Website

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