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Knoxville Employment - Nutrition, Dietetics and Internships

Updated on July 29, 2014
Bridges across the Tennessee river at Knoxville.
Bridges across the Tennessee river at Knoxville. | Source

Nutrition and Dietetics in Knoxville

During the World's Fair of 1982 in Tennessee, I found Knoxville a most interesting place. The fair was held on both sides of the river and connected to the University of Tennessee. It was fun and refreshing to see a university that I had never visited previously, and to see so many international exhibits at the fair. Lines were long, but wait times were not as long as expected.

Despite usual high world's fair costs, the fair brought additional businesses and tourist dollars to the city that spurred further educational and economic advancement in the coming decades. According to Sperling's Best Places, Knoxville has experienced recent growth in population, jobs, and economy, with lower overall cost of living than for America total (84 as opposed to 100).

A reader and HubPages Member wrote in asking about the potential job market for employment in the field of Nutrition, her target city being Knoxville, Tennessee.

To begin, Nutrition and Dietetics jobs are not among the top 10 or 15 jobs projected to increase significantly in Knox County or in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, these and related jobs are available now and increasing through the decade of 2012 - 2022.

An overview of the job market is features at Top 5 Job Markets in Tennessee for 2008 - 2018. Fortuitously, the University of Tennessee has a food lab that may offer jobs and internships.

Looking at all jobs listed on Internet sites on December 19, 20, and 21 in 2011, I found only about 50 job postings in the field of nutrition or dietetics in an area within a 25-mile radius of the center of Knoxville. A 50-mile radius revealed about 100 such postings. Healthcare is the leading job industry in the city, with Food Prep and Service in casual dining and fast food places in second place.

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High Demand Jobs in Knoxville

Among the job vacancies in highest demand within a reasonable driving distance of 25 miles of city center, these nutrition related jobs are:

  1. Retail Salespeople for sports nutrition items.
  2. Merchandisers for Kellogg Company
  3. Dietary Managers
  4. Clinical Dieticians
  5. Cooks
  6. Home Health Aides (HHAs) -- Recent telecasts have highlighted the long-term plight of HHAs in their long work hours without overtime pay in the American Midwest.
  7. Veterinary nutrition/dietician types of jobs (very few)

At the same time of this snapshot, I found posted nearly 250 nutrition-related jobs in other Tennessee cities.

The top metro areas for this kind of work are Nashville, Memphis, and Franklin Tennessee. A move might be in order, if our graduating friend wants to work in nutrition related fields.

An internship post graduation may be the answer to this dilemma of lack of job openings.

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Tennessee River is in the foreground, with the Gay Street Bridge. | Source

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Job Trends in Knoxville

SimplyHired scourers all job listings across the Internet.
SimplyHired scourers all job listings across the Internet. | Source
Jobs declined slightly during this time period, beginning to increase once more during Spring 2014, with over 14,000 vacancies available in August.
Jobs declined slightly during this time period, beginning to increase once more during Spring 2014, with over 14,000 vacancies available in August. | Source

Highest Demand Jobs 2014 - 2016

  1. Owner Operator Truck Drivers
  2. DOLLAR GENERAL - Assistant Managers and Lead Sales positions arising from a buyout by Dollar Tree.
  3. Event Specialists
  4. Salespeople
  5. Customer Service Jobs
  6. General Managers - Various businesses
  7. Clinical RN Nurses
  8. Telecommuting Insurance Sales
  9. Patient Care Techs
  10. Physician and Medical Assistants
  11. Home Depot Cashiers and Department Specialists
  12. Software Engineers
  13. IT Analysts, Administrators, and Managers
  14. Pizza Hut Jobs, all job titles.
  15. Physical and Occupational Therapists

Ups and downs in nutrition job trends with a powerful surge upwards in 2013 - 2014.


Openings for Dietitians declined, with surges upward in 2013 - 2014.

Percentage of jobs are very low (see Y axis).
Percentage of jobs are very low (see Y axis). | Source
Percentage of jobs has increased significantly.
Percentage of jobs has increased significantly. | Source


Internships can lead into full-time employment and make a good segue from college to work.

Looking into the internship market in Knoxville is one way to find additional opportunities in nutrition after graduation and certification. Internships and jobs you might not find listed elsewhere may be available at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and retirement centers, schools K-12, colleges and universities, day care operations, restaurant chain headquarters, food companies like Kellogg, local and state health departments, the US Armed Services, and even prisons.

Related to the privatized space program and NASA partnerships, nutrition and its various occupations will play a vital part of mankind's quest for deep space.

A good time to begin the quest for internships in nutrition and dietetics or related fields is at the beginning of the final semester of academic training or even before. However, begin as soon as possible to contact companies and organizations about internships and you may hear about full-time work in our field.

Hospitals and Other Organizations to Contact for Internships and New Jobs in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • The many Knoxville Hospitals are available at this link:
  • Knoxville City Schools:
  • Knox TN County Schools: 308acff2cbd34&t
  • Kellogg Company - Search under R&D and bring up jobs after hitting APPLY button at
  • Local Colleges and Universities:

Consult Yellow Pages listings and online directories are additional companies and groups of organizations that offer internships and future employment in Nutrition and Dietetics.


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      meefnvdgao 4 years ago

      very nice put up, i actually love this website, carry on it

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Lots of great comments here!

      LPNs can indeed make a good living. One of my former GED students (aged 60) became a CNA and then an LPN and then an RN. Another became a war clerk at hospital, who paid her way through RN classes! These people are making $26 - $35+ per hour, working either 4 10-hr days or Sat/Sun 12 hours each and the whole week off!

      Hell hello - I did this employment work full-time for a decade and see no reason to stop now!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Your hubs must help so many people which must give you a wonderful feeling. It is very kind of you to do so.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Interesting bit of info...Tennessee is an interesting state that I have never properly visited. Looks cool, good hub.

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      forhirejobs 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Healthcare, Sales, IT are all pretty safe and secure career choices no matter where you live.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      A project I'm currently working on focuses on Licensed Practical Nurses and predictions says that between 2012 and 2018 the demand is expected to increase by 21% or 155,000. The profession pays between $16 and $22 per hour. I am thinking that, as Jebunouka says, if writing fails, I'll just have to be a LPN.

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you so much for writing a hub on Nutrition in Knoxville, TN. I have been trying to find a job in my field since August of 2011, but have not found anything yet. I will definitely check out the links you have provided to see if any opportunity is available for me. Thanks again!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Truck driving can be bumpy, but special seats eliminate some of the bounce on the road. Even specialists are an up and coming job right now - openings have increased a lot in the last 6-9 months in many states.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Well if this writing thing doesn't pan out then I guess I can try out truck driving down in Knoxville, never mind the fact I can barely park a scooter.

      On a serious note this was an awesome and thorough hub that is packed with information especially the stats in the health field. The event specialist intrigued me for being on the list over in the Pacific Northwest there is a demand or gained interest as well.