WIC Job Opportunities & Requirements
If you are looking for a chance to make a difference in the health of our most vulnerable population, then consider a career as a WIC nutrition professional.
WIC nutrition professionals work together to:
- Protect infant health through prenatal nutrition
- Provide nourishing food for young families
- Promote and support breastfeeding
- Inspire healthy eating and physical activity
- Reduce incidence and prevalence of childhood obesity
- Advocate for children’s health policies
The California WIC Program is an organization with heart that values and recognizes the extraordinary impact each and every employee has on our WIC participants and the community. WIC offers a friendly, professional, and team-based environment, working together to inspire both WIC staff and WIC families to make life long healthy eating and activity choices. Our team includes the following professionals:
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) bring the expertise, dedication and collective vision of creating a culture of wellness for WIC staff and participants. Local and State WIC programs depend on RDNs for core WIC services and key positions in nutrition and health education, program management and administration, staff development and training, technical assistance and breastfeeding support and advocacy.
State Public Health Nutrition Consultants have an important role within the WIC Program at California Department of Public Health in the development, implementation, operation, administration, evaluation and monitoring of public health and nutrition programs and projects. Exciting career opportunities are available for Registered Dietitians with a master’s degree and professional work experience in nutrition or a related field at the state WIC Program in Sacramento.
Degreed Nutritionists (DNs) positions may include other titles such as: “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Assistant” or “Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Registered (NDTR)” and require a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. DNs work with the nutrition team to maximize the positive health impacts of all WIC services including participant-centered education and breastfeeding counseling and support. Graduates from ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics with bachelor’s or master’s degree are encouraged to work for WIC where they receive selection priority for a WIC dietetic internship.
Local WIC Agency Jobs
There are more than 80 WIC agencies throughout California with jobs for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Degreed Nutritionists (DNs) who may also be titled “Nutritionist,” “Nutrition Assistant” or “Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR).” Requirements for these positions may vary by WIC agency; however, the minimum requirement is typically a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. The best way to find out about current jobs, is by contacting local agencies in your area.
You can find a list of WIC agencies in California and job opportunities on the California WIC Association Website at http://www.calwic.org/about-us.
State WIC Jobs
The CDPH WIC Program located in Sacramento, has exciting career opportunities for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have a master’s degree and also have professional work experience in nutrition or a related field. State WIC Public Health Nutrition Consultants have an important role within the California WIC Program in the development, implementation, operation, administration, evaluation and monitoring of public health and nutrition programs and projects.
A complete list of State jobs by classifications and titles for the Women, Infants & Children Program on the Website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/HRB/Pages/HumanResourcesBranch.aspx
For More Information
California Department of Public Health, Women, Infants & Children Program: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/Program-Landing1.aspx
CDPH – “Human Resources Branch, Jobs and Careers”: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/HRB/Pages/HumanResourcesBranch.aspx
CDPH – “How to apply California State Jobs“: https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/Landing/Jobs/Steps.aspx?step=2
California WIC Association -“About Us” for WIC Agencies and Job Opportunities: http://calwic.org
Learn more about how WIC helps: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/about-wic-how-wic-helps
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.