Registered dietitians teach and counsel individuals and groups about nutrition and its impact on health and well-being. They work in a variety of settings: hospitals and clinics, food service management, public health, business, education, research and private practice. Areas of specialty include education, pediatrics, business and sports nutrition.
Depending on their work setting, registered dietitians:
• plan and supervise meal preparation and service in hospitals, schools,
restaurants, or other public and private institutions.
• use nutrition, biochemistry and physiology principles to make recommendations
regarding patients’ nutritional management.
• provide counsel about diet modifications that can correct or prevent health
• analyze food for its nutritional content and study the way the body uses nutrients.
• select, train and direct food service staff.
• provide community-based programs designed to prevent chronic diseases.
• direct purchasing and prepare reports and budgets.
Average Salary Range
$30,000 – $40,000
Students interested in becoming dietitians should prepare by taking challenging high school classes in science, English, math
and business. To become a registered dietitian, students
must earn a bachelor’s degree, complete an academic program approved by the American Dietetic Association and complete an accredited supervised practice program, such as a pre-professional practice program or dietetic internship. Registered dietitians also must pass an examination
and complete continuing education requirements. Students may begin at a local community college and transfer to a four year program after obtaining an Associate in Science degree.
American Dietetic Association
Attn: Membership Recruitment
216 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-800-877-1600, ext. 4844
The American Society for Clinical Nutrition
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3998