Nutrition and Dietetics
We are what we eat? Maybe not. But we all know that our health and well-being are impacted by our diet. Dieticians and nutritionists work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and private practices creating personalized nutrition programs to create, restore or support the health of patients and clients. You can earn a certificate or an associate degree in nutrition and dietetics to become a technician in the field. With the associate degree, you are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietetic technicians. Dietetic technicians in California earn a median income of $35,700; Dietitians and Nutritionists earn about $59,000. Gain the knowledge you need to put others on a path to good health through a sound diet and good nutrition. Read on to explore your options at OCC.
A sampling of courses for these careers
Quantity Foods Preparation
Sanitation and Safety
Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
Menu Planning and Purchasing
Did you know?
Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in nutrition and dietetics. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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Other Programs That Might Interest You
Complete one of our four certificate programs to launch a career in culinary arts or build on your skills
Train to become a food science assistant in food research and advance in the field with an associate degree
Choose from two certificate programs to launch a career in institutional food service management
Did you know?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.
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