Personalized and Precision Nutrition Careers

Under the umbrella of personalized medicine, personalized and precision nutrition are a rapidly emerging approach that is revolutionizing current paradigms of health and nutrition. The application of nutrigenomics (nutritional genomics) and nutrigenetics is quickly becoming a critical tool for designing and prescribing individualized diets based on an individual's metabolic phenotype, patterns of gene expression and epigenetics, and genome and genetic variations. Further, this changing paradigm is applicable across a broad range of health professionals, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, and dietitians. 

What is Personalized Nutrition and Where is it Heading?

According to the American Nutrition Association: Personalized nutrition is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon a broad range of sciences to advance human health. It considers the unique makeup of individuals and specifically identified sub-groupings of people with similar characteristics, and encompasses a person-centered approach to nutrition science evidence, education, and clinical care” (American Nutrition Association,

Certified Career Professional and Precision / Personalized Nutrition Specialist in Workplace Helping Patient Using Nutrigenomics Testing Within a Job That is Lucrative and Rewarding.

The traditional assumption of a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition is shifting in the face of a new paradigm of personalized nutrition – a field that is evolving with the advancement of novel health assessment technologies and research findings.

Accordingly, in January 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it will spend $170 million through 2027 to advance research in the study of precision nutrition. Findings from this cutting-edge research will expand our understanding of how diet, the gut microbiome, metabolism, lifestyle, and environmental factors impact human health.

Advanced degrees and training within the field, such as a graduate certificate in Precision Nutrition, or the Master of Science in Personalized Nutrition are excellent tools to either enter the field, or to become more proficient in making personalized nutrition recommendations in one’s current dietetics or other healthcare practice. Our MS in Personalized Nutrition additionally helps students prepare for a career as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).

Personalized and Precision Nutrition Employment

Nutritionist & Dietician Jobs: A Rapidly Growing Field according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Employment of nutritionists and dietitians is expected to grow by 7% between 2021 and 2031, adding about 5,100 new jobs each year.

Nutritionist & Dietitian Job Rankings by US News & World Report (USNWR)

In 2022, nutritionist and dietitian careers are ranked among best jobs nationwide, 21st among Best Health Care Jobs and 75th among Best Jobs Overall.

Personalized & Precision Nutrition Job Title Examples:

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Consultant/Travel Dietitian
  • Corporate Wellness Consultant
  • Eating Disorder Dietitian
  • Food and Nutrition Management
  • Food Labeling Specialist
  • Food Safety Auditor
  • Food Regulation/Policy Maker
  • Food Technologist
  • Personal Health Coach
  • Health Consultant
  • Holistic Dietitian
  • Nutrition Counselor
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Nutrition Manager
  • Nutrition Researcher
  • Nutrition Therapist
  • Nutrition Writer
  • Oncology Dietitian
  • Pediatric Dietitian
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Sports Dietitian
  • Online Nutritional Health Coach
  • Food Nutrition Teacher
  • Entry Level Nutritionist
  • Nutrition Writer
  • Nutrition Professor
  • Nutrition Product Development
  • Nutrition Therapist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutritionist Assistant
  • Nutrition Scientist

Personalized & Precision Nutrition Employment Sectors:

  • Clinical settings: hospitals, nursing homes, clinics
  • Centers for alternative & integrative medicine
  • Private food business
  • Public health agency
  • Spas and wellness centers
  • Health and exercise facilities
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Natural products and/or supplements industry
  • State and local governments
  • Schools and universities

Personalized & Precision Nutrition Employment Roles:

  • Nutritional consulting (private or group settings)
  • Research and development on human nutrition (academia or industry)
  • Nutrition education and promotion
  • Nutritional advising (e.g., product and menu development)

Personalized & Precision Nutrition Employment Categories:

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Nestle Healthcare Nutrition
  • Food Science Nutrition
  • School Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition Research
  • Corporate Nutrition
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Nutrition Research
  • Genomics

Note: Regulation of nutrition practice is state-specific, and certain career paths listed above may require certain licensure/credentials that cannot be earned solely through completion of the MS in Personalized Nutrition and Graduate Certificate in Precision Nutrition programs. This includes the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, which requires completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited program, internship, and have passed the . For individuals interested in obtaining the RDN credential to become a dietitian, please refer to the UConn Department of Nutritional Sciences’ Didactic Program in Dietetics

Personalized & Precision Nutrition: Careers Steeped in Goal Attainment and Patient Success

Successful Patient Outcomes = Greater Job Satisfaction = Rewarding Career

Being of service to others in improving health is intricately intertwined with a sense of job satisfaction and a rewarding career. By personalizing nutritional recommendations, the likelihood of achieving desired results in improving health and preventing disease grows exponentially. This wave of the future provides new tools for health professionals to better serve their patients: “Applying nutrigenomics to everyday life as the future of nutrition science offers new tools for dietitians to design and prescribe diets for individuals based on their genome and their genetic variations” (Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD, The Future of Nutrigenomics, For patients, the inclusion of genetic data as part of a personalized approach increases motivation and compliance to making and maintaining recommended dietary changes. As part of a comprehensive nutrition program that assesses individualized health for the whole person, nutrigenomics has the potential to help people overcome health obstacles where other approaches have failed.

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