By: Taylor James

What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs, and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and suggesting diet modifications.

Dietitians run food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools, promote sound eating habits through education, and conduct research. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics.

Education Needed

To become a dietition you need at least a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area.

Necessary Skills

  • *Evaluate individual needs
  • *Develop nutritional care plan
  • *Instruct individuals and their families
  • *Hire, train, and direct other dietitians and food service workers
  • *Enforce sanitary and safety regulations
  • *Prepare records and reports
  • *Budget for and purchase food
  • *Equipment, and supplies
  • *Enforce sanitary and safety regulations
  • *Prepare records and reports
  • Salary

    Dietitians can earn up to a median annual salary of $52,150.

    Job Openings

    Employment of dietitians is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018.The number of dietitian positions in nursing care facilities is expected to decrease, as they contract out food service operations. On the other hand, these food service operations will need dietitians.