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Food Science, Dietetics & Nutrition Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students will gain an understanding of the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy life style. Focus will be on the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being.

You Will Learn
  • The appropriate use and care of selected kitchen equipment.
  • Food-measurement terminology, techniques, equivalents, and the ability to calculate size adjustments.
  • Food-preparation terminology.
  • Kitchen safety procedures and sanitation techniques.
  • Dietary guidelines and the food guide pyramid.
  • The physical, microbiological, and chemical principles that affect the food we eat.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Food Science, Dietetics & Nutrition - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is the Student Leadership Organization for Family and Consumer Sciences. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training

 

Sample Occupations
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Dietitian
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Food/Drug Inspector
  • Food Scientists
  • Food Technologist
  • Medical Dietician
  • Nutritionist
Workforce Trends
Dietitians and nutritionists held about 57,000 jobs in 2006. More than half of all jobs were in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, or offices of physicians and other health practitioners.

Employment of dietitians is expected to increase 9 percent for all occupations through 2016 as a result of increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will boost the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home healthcare agencies. Public interest in nutrition and increased emphasis on health education and prudent lifestyles also will spur demand, especially in management.

Source: Choices and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition

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