Dietitians and nutritionists are primarily employed by hospitals or other health care organizations, although fitness facilities and similar organizations also hire dietitians to develop menus.
Dietitians look at patients’ medical diagnoses and laboratory levels and create diets for patients to follow while at the hospital or under medical care.
Nutritionists perform similar work.
This is a mid-level position.
Dietitians and nutritionists must have bachelor’s degrees and valid licenses for the state in which they work.
Most employers seek experienced dietitians.
Although not required, the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association awards the Registered Dietitian credential to those who pass an exam after completing academic course work and a supervised internship.
Dietitians and nutritionists are expected to have good communication and organizational skills.
A nutritionist or dietitian does not have direct reports.
Experienced dietitians may become self-employed or advance to management positions, such as assistant director, associate director, or director of a dietetic department.