Dietician Careers

Careers for dieticiansCareer Overview

Dieticians manage food and nutrition plans for individuals and institutions. They help educate patients and students on healthy eating habits and dietary control. They work in hospitals, schools, medical care facilities, nursing care facilities, and other institutions. Dieticians are also called nutritionists.

Some specialize in helping diabetics with their nutritional needs. Clinical dietitians work specifically in hospitals and nursing care institutions to assist patients with dietary education and needs. One of the most important things dieticians do is help their clients improve their lives and prevent further disease and health care problems by improving their eating habits.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Foods and Nutrition
Food Service Systems Management

Classes taken usually include foods, nutrition, food preparation, math, psychology, biology, institutions management, biology, and physiology.


33 states require a state license to work there as a dietician. Requirements vary by state.

Top School’s for Dieticians:

Brown Mackie College
Kaplan University
Ashworth College
Benedictine University
The Heritage Institute

Career Trends

Average Salary for dieticians in 2008: $50,590
Jobs in 2008 for dieticians: 60,300
Projected jobs for dieticians through 2018: 65,800

Related Jobs:

Dietetic technicians
Food service managers
Health educators
Registered nurses

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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