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Find a Doctorate in Nutrition Online with These Tips

written by: Laurie Patsalides•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 7/27/2011

There may be limited opportunities for those who desire to earn a doctorate in nutrition online, but there are a few universities offering the degree online. Let's take a look at some inside tips to finding a college and the job outlook for a person who possesses a doctorate degree in nutrition.

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    Job Outlook for a PhD in Nutrition

    A PhD in nutrition will open the door to a higher income bracket to the degree holder. It is a degree that will certainly increase your marketability for a higher paying job and more prestige in the nutrition profession; that is because it is not an easy degree to obtain, but by now a person studying nutrition is accustom to rigorous study in the sciences. At the minimum a Dietitian with a master's degree can plan to add up to another five years of schooling to his or her already impressive educational background to earn a PhD in nutrition. The degree will allow you to be capable of developing nutritional guidelines based upon current scientific knowledge. Although it is a degree that weighs heavily in the sciences, it is possible to earn a doctorate in nutrition online.

    It is difficult to put an exact number on the wage earnings for someone with this advanced degree, but let's just say you have the potential to earn above $75,000 according to the Occupational Handbook.

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    Types of Online Doctoral Programs in Nutrition Available

    A person who holds this degree will be prepared to be a university educator or research scientist. Depending upon the degree emphasis, he or she may also be eligible for a specialized position in government institutions such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), public health positions, administrative health positions, international institutions and funding or research positions. Below is a list of different kinds of online degrees that you can earn at the level of PhD in nutrition.

    • Ph.D. in Nutrition
    • Ph.D. in Nutrition with Emphasis in Institutional Administration
    • Ph.D. in Nutrition with Emphasis in Food Science
    • Ph.D. Program in Nutrition Sciences
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    Search the American Dietetic Association

    The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the best place to begin your research into earning this online degree. They offer advice on accredited degrees in nutrition as well.

    To begin your research on the ADA website (above), go to Advanced Degrees. Then choose Accredited or Non-Accredited, depending on which degree you are aiming for. Then, click on the box, Only Programs Offering Distance Education.

    In the past, I included the names of the schools here, but because each person needs to follow their own degree path (either Accredited or Non-Accredited) and the schools often change the degrees they offer over the years, I have decided to give you the ADA site (above) to search.

    In these programs you may be required to take a written and oral examination and/or a research internship as well as complete a dissertation. As with obtaining any doctoral degree, completing a dissertation online in nutrition will not be any easier, but in the end the dreams you aspire to achieve with this PhD will be well within your reach. You will truly have earned the title of "Nutritionist" with this challenging, yet rewarding degree.

    Source: author's own experience in the Dietetic/Nutrition field

Online Nutrition and Dietary Degrees

A distance education in nutrition or dietary management may be difficult, but not impossible, to find. A look at associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in nutrition online, along with a certification in Dietary Management.
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