Employment opportunities for nutritionists and dietitians are projected to grow at a staggering 15% per year from 2018 to 2028 in California. And with prevailing treatment philosophies trending more toward preventative healthcare, opportunities and paychecks will continue to expand!

Saddleback College Nutrition students learn all the skills necessary to acquire an exciting and fulfilling career in nutrition.

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Degrees and Certificates

Areas of Study

  • Careers in Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition Issues and Controversies
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sustainable Nutrition
  • Weight Management and Eating Disorders

Employment Opportunities

  • Entry-Level Positions include:
  • Day Care Centers for the Young
  • Day Care Centers for Older Adults
  • Diet Clerk
  • Diet Counselor
  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse Centers
  • Food Co-ops
  • Gyms/Health Clubs & Spas
  • Health Food Stores
  • Nutrition Education: Preschool; Elementary
  • Nutrition Product Sales
  • Weight Management Instructor

With Further Education and Experience...

  • Dietetic Technician
  • Employee Wellness Counselor
  • Nutrition Communications Specialist
  • Nutrition Counselor
  • Pre-pregnancy and Pregnancy Course Instructor
  • Public Health & Community Agencies
  • Recreation Programs

Careers and Salaries

  • Dietitian/Nutritionist: $82,200
  • Health Educator: $64,150
  • Food Service Manager: $58,640
  • Community Health Worker: $48,210
  • Dietetic Technician: $34,670

Nutrition Club and Nutrition for Competition Program

Please contact Lori Hoolihan at lhoolihan@saddleback.edu for more information.


Contact the Nutrition Department