ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are projected to increase by 16% through the year 2024. That is more than double the national average of occupational growth, and it isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
Society is moving towards a more health-conscious mindset, finally following the Hippocratic advice of "Let food be thy medicine." In addition to the ever-increasing variety of job options for graduates with nutrition degrees, the elevated demand for professionals in this field adds a layer of job security. A nutrition degree program graduate should have a comparatively easy time securing a career.
In light of this booming field, healthcare and other similar degree programs are being implemented and expanded upon all over the United States. Selecting a school at which to earn your degree is an immense task on its own, but students also must consider how they can hone their edge against competing applicants in their professional future.
OnlineCollegePlan has ranked the Top 20 Online Nutrition Degree Programs to simplify the selection process. The ranking provides in-depth information about the school, and programmatic information like pricing, completion time, and enrollment requirements. You can check out this thorough ranking piece at the following URL:
The research editor, Branden Carter, put together an informative and easy read that sets a clear path for students in the midst of their selection process. The concrete methodology scored each school based on evidence-based factors of academic quality, Freshman Retention Rate, and Graduation Rate. Niche.com's overall grade of each school was utilized, and schools were even penalized based on tuition. This has resulted in reputable, rigorous, and surprisingly affordable degree programs to make the list. Many of them have several incredible accolades and exemplary effort in research. Almost every school has at least one nationally ranked program, and each of them come along with a concisely described history and some interesting trivia.
The University of Georgia barely edged out the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for first place. Scholarly alumni, several previous rankings, and the "exceptionally qualified" faculty that teach the courses students will have to take to earn their MS in Foods and Nutrition, combined with the numerical data, paint a perfect picture of how great a school it is for students who wish to enter this field.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign came in second by just 3 points. Its MS in Food Science has been offered to non-traditional students since the 70's, and the school is also among the top 100 universities in the world as reported by not one, but three different ranking publications.
The entire list in descending order is as follows:
20. University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
19. University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL)
18. Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
17. Canisius College (Buffalo, NY)
16. Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
15. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
14. North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND)
13. East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
12. SUNY Oneonta (Oneonta, NY)
11. Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
10. University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
9. West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA)
8. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
7. Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
6. University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
5. Colorado State University-Fort Collins (Fort Collins, CO)
4. University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
3. Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
1. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)