Missouri State University

Careers and Outcomes

careers & outcomes

Becoming a dietitian

All graduates of the Missouri State dietetics program must complete an internship at an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) approved program before they can take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. Completing the internship and passing the examination are required to become a registered dietitian and for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Visit the AND website for a list of accredited ACEND programs.

View Missouri State dietetic RD exam and internship acceptance pass rates for more information on how the program prepares students for a career after graduation. 

Career pathways in dietetics

There are many different specializations for registered dietitians. Dietitians are needed in any capacity that involves planning and educating others about the importance of incorporating a healthy diet into our everyday lives. Specialty areas include the following:

  • Administrative dietitians
  • Clinical dietitians 
  • Community dietitians 
  • Consulting dietitians 
  • Research dietitians 
  • Teaching dietitians

Becoming a nutritionist

Students who choose to not complete an ACEND accredited internship are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) exam and the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam. While most positions in health and wellness do require an RD, there are careers that do not required you to be a registered dietitian. Our strong science coursework enables graduates to obtain jobs in various fields including but not limited to a nutritionist with WIC (Women, Infants and Children), public health, pharmaceuticals, health education and food safety. Many careers are not specific to nutrition but may incorporate some aspects of your education.