Our graduates

Nutritionists and dietitians can work in policy, education, nutrition and physical activity to ensure New Zealanders – and people all over the world – are healthy.

With a degree in human nutrition, you will learn some great analytical and communication skills, as well as gaining a broad understanding of the role of nutrients in health and disease, all combining to help you get ahead in your career.

Many students go on to complete a postgraduate qualification – such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition) or a Master of Science in either human nutrition or nutrition and dietetics. This will allow you to specialise for various working environments.

Career opportunities include:

  • Health promotion and public health; for instance, working with public health agencies (e.g. District Health Boards, NZ Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Consultancy and private practice
  • Giving policy advice
  • Sports and exercise nutrition (e.g. elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)
  • Working in food industry (e.g. dairy, meat,) and food companies (e.g. Fonterra, Sanitarium, Beef & Lamb)
  • Research in universities and Crown Research Institutes (such as AgResearch, Plant and Food Research)
  • International work (such as relief work)
  • Secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • Communication and media (e.g. writing publications, television, marketing and scientific publishers)
  • Industry (e.g. corporate health and wellness, private consulting)

Students who continue to the MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply to be registered with the New Zealand Dietitians Board to practise as a dietitian in New Zealand (NZRD), and will become eligible to apply for registration in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Dietitians can work in hospitals or health clinics providing meal plans and nutrition counselling, and in food services in hospitals, prisons and hostels. 

A degree in human nutrition provides graduates with internationally marketable skills. Many of our graduates spend time outside New Zealand, working or furthering their studies.

Graduate profiles

Carmel Trubuhovich studied human nutrition and is working for the Nutrition Foundation.

Mariana Alletson studied human nutrition and is working for the Heart Foundation.

Bob Stewart, a former chef, studied human nutrition and went on to complete a PhD investigating the effects of green-lipped mussel extracts on iron absorption.

Nathan Armstrong chose to study nutrition partly because of the prevalence of obesity at home in his native Cook Islands.

Nikita Deo was motivated to study for a Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) by family diabetes.

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