Careers and Outcomes

Professor Natalie Allen and dietetics intern talking to student-athletes about nutrition education.

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

As an Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you’re a trusted food expert.

You help people achieve goals and live healthier by advising what they should eat.

Becoming an RDN

Our program helps you become an RDN.

RDNs are food and nutrition experts who have met certain criteria.

One educational pathway to become an RDN, is to:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited dietetics program.
  • Complete a dietetic internship and graduate degree program (such as MSU’s nutrition and dietetics program).
  • Pass the national registration exam for dietitians.

Our dietetic internship and MSND programs will make you eligible for the registration exam.

After passing the registration exam, you may need to obtain state licensure or certification to practice nutrition and dietetics.

Find out more about becoming an RDN

How much do dietitians make?

Salaries vary depending on where you live and work. A master’s degree can increase your earning potential.


$63,000 +

Average annual salary for dietitians and nutritionists.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job growth


Projected job growth of dietitians and nutritionists through 2029, much faster than the national average.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career options in dietetics

There are many different career paths for you.

Dietitians work in areas like:

  • Administrative
  • Clinical
  • Community/government
  • Consulting
  • Health care
  • Research
  • Teaching

Your services are needed anywhere that involves planning and educating others about a healthy diet.