Careers in Dietetics
Registered dietitians (RDs) are professionals who translate the science of food and nutrition to enhance the well being of individuals and groups. Many dietitians work in health care facilities such as hospitals and extended care facilities. Dietitians also may be found working in public health settings such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs; food stamp programs; programs for the elderly; or noncommercial and commercial foodservice operations. The broad range of opportunities for practice within dietetics provides RDs with maximum flexibility as they move through their professional careers.
With growing public interest in nutrition and wellness, the demand for dietitians continues to exceed supply. Publications from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to popular magazines cite dietetics as a field of opportunity in the coming decade. Dietetics offers the opportunity to combine an interest in food and nutrition with the privilege of meeting the needs of individuals or groups in wellness, illness and all other stages of the life cycle. RDs are viewed as nutrition experts and are the only health professionals trained specifically in foods and nutrition.
Examples of Careers in Dietetics
Private practice: Open your own business and provide consulting services in nutrition to physicians; work with architects in the layout and design of foodservice operations or serve as an educational consultant, lecturer, freelance writer or food stylist.
Industry positions: Conduct research, evaluations or marketing of food products; sales for food, foodservice equipment or pharmaceutical companies; or advise on nutritional content and labeling of food products.
Mass communications: Write columns or articles on nutrition for magazines or newspapers or appear on TV and radio to discuss nutrition issues.
Sports nutrition: Work with individuals or coaches of high school, college or professional sports teams in recommending appropriate diets for athletes.
School foodservice: Direct foodservice operations and provide nutrition education.
Clinical nutrition practice: Provide nutrition assessment and counseling for individuals with diseases or conditions requiring dietary modification.
Education and research: Conduct research in nutrition, foods or foodservice management, or teach in universities or medical, dental and nursing schools.
Foodservice management: Apply nutrition and business skills in the management of food services in schools, hospitals, corporate dining or other foodservice establishments.
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