Food preparation and nutritional value is extremely important to lead a healthy lifestyle. Students can pursue education in several areas to understand the properties of food and diet. Online accredited schools provide students with many food science educational training opportunities.
Undergraduate to graduate study can be pursued online to enter careers as food engineers, food product consultants, dietitians, and nutritionists. Training can be entered in several areas related to food science.
*Educational Opportunity One: Earn a Food Science Degree
This field explores many disciplines to prepare students to work with and process food. Engineering, math, and science make up the overall focal point of education. Online training has students studying the ingredients and substances of food in order to learn how to correctly conserve, process, protect, and distribute it. The nutritional value in connection to additives and the shelf life, which helps professionals constantly update procedures, are other areas explored. Some courses that may be taken online include:
- Food Safety
- Food Chemistry
Schooling provides students with the understanding of how food can be managed, developed, and manufactured for distribution. Various careers are available for students that complete an online training program.
*Educational Opportunity Two: Complete a Dietician Degree Program
The benefits of food are studied in connection with health and nutrition. Online study examines nutrition in regards to diet and how that can be used to prepare food. Students are trained to assess the needs of a client or group of people and create a general dietary plan for them based on their physical health and age. The required knowledge of food and its nutritional value are learned so students can step into careers where they can make professional opinions and work with their clients on improving their eating habits. Online courses may include:
- Menu Planning
- Community Health
- Weight Management
For a career as a registered dietician students will need to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Certificate and associates degree programs are available to prepare students for entry-level positions working with dieticians.
*Educational Opportunity Three: Enroll in a Nutrition Degree Program
Nutritionists complete much of the same coursework as dieticians but work to help their clients understand their food choices and how that affects their health. Students learn to understand different health care issues like heart disease and diabetes to help guide their clients nutrition and fitness. Advanced training covers developmental nutrition and public health. Common courses in an online degree program may include:
- Nutritional Chemistry
- Fitness Nutrition
Studying to become a nutritionist will leave students with numerous job options. Nutrition counselor, food inspector, food service director, and nutritionist are some career possibilities.
Students can step into a career in food science by first deciding on what career or educational path they would like to take. Once this is established accredited online training can begin. Accreditation is provided by agencies like the American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education ( http://www.eatright.org/cade/ ) to schools and colleges that offer the quality education needed to succeed.
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