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Do you want a career in food and nutrition?

As a dietetics and nutrition professional, you will use your knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to help others live healthier lives. 

The dietetics career field is experiencing an increased growth rate because of:

  • Increased emphasis on disease prevention
  • A growing and aging population
  • Public interest in nutrition

Looking for Dietetic Technician career information?

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Career Center

Looking for Dietary Manager career information?

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Dietitians and Nutritionists

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP):

 

What do dietetics professionals do?

Employers are looking for qualified, credentialed dietetics professionals to provide a variety of nutrition services in healthcare, food service management, community/wellness and corporations

Healthcare

  • What you will do:
    • Be an important part of health care teams
    • Assess and monitor patient nutrition status
    • Collect dietary intake
    • Modify menus to meet specialized dietary needs
    • Counsel patients on specialized meal plans
  • Where you will work:
    • Hospitals
    • HMOs
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Health clinics
    • Nursing homes
    • Retirement centers
    • Hospices
    • Home health programs
    • Research facilities

Food Service Management

  • What you will do:
    • Manage foodservice employees
    • Maintain safety and sanitation guidelines
    • Work in purchasing and inventory control
    • Prepare food
    • Provide customer service
    • Prepare budgets within food service operations
  • Where you will work:
    • Schools
    • Day care centers
    • Correctional facilities
    • Restaurants
    • Health care facilities
    • Restaurants

Community/Wellness

  • What you will do:
    • Promote healthy eating and chronic disease prevention
    • Plan nutrition events and programs
    • Participate in health fairs
    • Teach nutrition classes
    • Provide nutrition counseling
    • Coach behavior modification
    • Write articles and blogs
  • Where you will work:
    • Community health programs
    • Public health agencies
    • County extension offices
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs
    • Head Start centers
    • YMCA
    • After school programs
    • Health clubs
    • Weight management clinics
    • Private contracts

Corporations

  • What you will do:
    • Develop wellness programs
    • Plan and modify menus
    • Oversee food service operations
    • Provide sanitation and safety inspections
    • Perform nutrient analyses
    • Develop nutrition software and applications
    • Provide supermarket tours and consumer education
  • Where you will work:
    • Food companies
    • Contract food management companies
    • Food vending and distribution operations
    • Grocery chains
    • HMOs
    • Private corporations

 

 

Updated July 23, 2014

 

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