Nutrition Career Opportunities

The UB Human Nutrition Institute graduate will:

  • Promote and support awareness of the benefits of optimal nutrition to health and overall well-being
  • Integrate biochemical and physiological science knowledge with nutritional evidence-based interventions and competent decision-making to prevent, positively influence, and support various health challenges
  • Exhibit professional behavior that is ethical, collaborative, and culturally sensitive
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the UB comprehensive nutrition exam

Nutrition Certification & Licensing

Interested in getting certified or licensed in nutrition? The two are separate processes, as follows:


There are multiple nutrition certifications available to graduates of our program. Please research the organizations below to determine which is best suited for you.

  1. Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) – Certifications@NutritionSpecialists.org. University of Bridgeport’s MS in Human Nutrition program fulfills all of the current academic requirements for the CNS. The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. Graduates from the UB MS in Nutrition program can apply for 200-255 hours* of supervised experience by having passed course Nutr 560K. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit theana.org/certify.
  2. Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) – Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, 1-972-250-2829
  3. American Clinical Board of Nutrition – (540) 635-8844, conacbn@shentel.net. Offers advanced standing towards their diplomate program (DACBN) to those with professional doctoral degrees who have completed the UB M.S. nutrition degree. No additional hours of training are required, as UB’s M.S. program exceeds the ACBN’S course hour requirements. For doctorate level degrees only.

* Variation is based on students’ state of residence.


Obtaining a license to practice is governed on a state-by-state level. Students and prospective students who do not plan to practice in Connecticut should check with the Board of Health in the state they plan to practice to determine what is needed for the legal practice of nutrition counseling. Nutritionadvocacy.org, a trade website, provides information on this for all states, but laws can change so check your state’s Board of Health to confirm.

Career Paths & Opportunities

The clinical nutritionist has become an increasingly popular healthcare option for many, whether you seek healthy weight management or a complement to medical treatment of chronic or serious disease. It differs from the role of Registered Dietician (RD), who traditionally works in institutional environments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and school systems under the direction of, or in coordination with medical physicians.

In addition to the careers in nutrition described below, as a graduate of a Masters program in Nutrition, you may also choose to go on to attain a PhD or DHSc.

UB continues to support its alumni of the Nutrition Institute by offering post-graduate courses, taught by leading researchers and clinicians and available online to further enhance our graduates’ clinical knowledge.


  • Most Clinical Nutritionists (CN) maintain private nutritional counseling services or work as part of a team in an integrated medical clinic providing dietary counseling, targeted nutritional supplementation and wellness program development to enhance health and help individuals with specific health conditions.
  • The CN often works in conjunction with other clinicians also dedicated to wellness care and functional medicine, such as nutritionally minded medical, chiropractic, and naturopathic physicians.
  • Clinical Nutritionists who are already primary healthcare clinicians, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc., simply incorporate what they have learned into their existing practices and offer more expanded nutritional and wellness services to their patients.

Education / Academia

  • Teach with the MS degree at the community college level
  • Teach at the university level, after attaining a Ph.D.

Non-Profit and Service Work

  • Community health educator and advocate
  • Domestic and overseas nutrition organization volunteer/worker/clinician

Industry Consultant

The CN also has opportunities to work with nutritional supplement, nutraceutical, and clinical laboratory companies, in many roles including:

  • Nutritional and nutraceutical sales representatives
  • Product formulation and design
  • Technical writing
  • Educational program developer
  • Clinical support for health care providers


  • Media expert in nutrition and wellness
  • Writing and publication of books, magazine articles and web blogs on nutrition and wellness

Nutritional Research

  • Conduct clinical or natural product research
  • Write grant proposals
  • Develop research methodologies
  • Write articles and scientific papers for professional publications

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