Undergraduate Major Details

Nutrition Science

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Nutrition Science major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
CA Department of Education
California Pacific Medical Center
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Davis Community Meals
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Dental Office
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
Elderly Nutrition Program
EMQ FamiliesFirst, Inc.
Food Bank of Yolo County
Health Education Council
Hmong Women's Heritage Association
National Hispanic Medical Association
Nutrition, UC Davis
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Peregrine School Nutrition Program
Private Optometrist Office
Representative LaMalfa
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
San Juan Unified School District
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
The Willow Clinic / Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic
UC Cooperative Extension Yolo County
UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology
UC Davis Dining Services
UC Davis Dining Services - Sustainability and Nutrition Office
UC Davis Health Services
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Milk Bioactives Program
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis University Dining Services
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UCDHS Food and Nutrition Services
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Hand Therapy
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric Specialty Clinic
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
University Retirement Community
Vacaville Unified School District
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 52 20 38.5%
2013-14 47 13 27.7%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 31.6% 15.8% 36.8% 15.8%
2013-14 66.7% 25.0% 8.3% 0.0%
2014-15 42.9% 28.6% 14.3% 14.3%
2015-16 13.9% 22.2% 55.6% 8.3%
2016-17 13.6% 18.2% 59.1% 9.1%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
ABC-CLIO Line Cook
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Clinical Laboratory Technician
De la Rosa & Company Investment Banking Analyst
Elite Medical Scribes Scribe
My Doctor Medical Group Quant Coach
Norcal Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician
Nordstrom Sales Associate
Stanford Hospital and Clinics Dietary Assistant/Diet Clerk
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, San Francisco Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-15 $34,000 $28,000
2015-17 $25,800 $28,000