Nutrition, Dietetics & Food

Work in this sector encompasses a large range of professions. Possible work areas include:

  • Clinical care and medical nutrition therapy
  • Community and social service
  • Consultation and business
  • Education and research
  • Nutrition & food management
  • Food inspection and safety
  • Health or nutrition promotion
  • Process development
  • Nutrition labeling
  • Quality control & management
  • Production management
  • Product development
  • Food service management
  • Personal care and health aides
  • Policy advisement and regulatory affairs
  • Public relations and consumer affairs
  • Sensory evaluation and shelf-life testing
  • Food engineering & food technology
  • Pharmaceutical or food sales
  • Project management

Typical Employers

Typical employers can be categorized into the following core areas:

  • Academic and research institutions. Typical employers include but not limited to, clinical labs, food and nutrition boards, university nutrition departments, culinary schools and university affiliated research centres.
  • Community service and health care centres. Typical employers include but not limited to, sports centres, fitness and wellness centres, sport training centres, spas, health advocacy organizations, outpatient clinics, correction facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, health clinics, health education centres, residential care facilities, retirement residences, nursing homes, physicians’ offices and weight-loss clinics.
  • Food product and service companies. Typical employers include but not limited to, food product companies, consumer affairs offices, advertising/public relations departments, airline hubs, high-tech production facilities, chain restaurants, food manufacturing and distribution companies.
  • Non-profit and governmental organizations. Typical employers include but not limited to, local health departments and health-related government agencies such as Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; international developmental organizations such as Red Cross and Meals on Wheels; and other NGOs such as food banks, cancer societies, etc.

Industry Profiles

To learn more about this sector, visit the following web sites:

  • Explore Focus Areas (IFT)
    Information about the science of food.  Focus areas: food safety, product development, public policy and more.

Career Profiles

To learn more about different career options in this sector, visit the following web sites:

  • Careers in Nutrition (Association for Nutrition)
    Career profiles - from public health to animal nutrition.
  • Careers Stories of Dietitians (Dietitians of Canada)
    Career profiles – from education to clinical research.
  • What Nutritionists Do (Association for Nutrition)
    Description of  5 areas nutritionists work and what they like about their work ("My Nutrition Career").

Career Books & Magazines

Recommended books (available at CaPS):

Job Resources

The following links provide a list of job boards, internships and volunteering opportunities.
Note: To find internships, you can also use keywords like "internship" in some of the job boards to find opportunities.


Associations & Groups

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Food Security

Food & Grocery

Health Centres, Foodservice and Nursing Care Facilities

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