Dietitian Careers

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Dietitian Careers

If you have not read our article on becoming a nutritionist (link) you might want to start there first. The roles of a nutritionist and dietitian are similar and the line of work sometimes overlaps. Yet there are distinctions that separate the two occupations specifically in regard to regulation and education. It's also important to note that a dietitian can be considered a nutritionist although a nutritionist is not considered a dietitian. There are additional requirements that a dietitian must meet in order to qualify verses a nutritionist. The primary responsibility of a dietitian is to compile food and nutrition plans and promote healthy eating habits to prevent and treat illness. These types of jobs are widely available in many industries from private practice, clinical, educational and even corporate professions.

Please note that the requirements to become a registered dietitian will vary from state to state. Be sure to check with you local state agency to determine the necessary requirements. There are a few states that have no certification or licensing requirements to become a dietitian. Some states only require a certification and many states do require a license to practice as a dietitian. Even if your state does not have qualification necessary, your employer very well may. As a professional, taking the time to invest in your education and training will ultimately benefit your career and those you serve.

Since the majority of states do require a license to practice as a dietitian, the focus of this article will include the general education and training needed to become licensed. The first step to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should be a graduate degree in food and nutritional sciences. Courses in nutrition, biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology will be beneficial to your career. Next, continued education to obtain a masters or a doctorate may be necessary for some positions within the industry. A focus on health and science related courses should be the primary subjects studied. In addition to the education portion, a licensed RDN will need to complete guided hands on training through an internship program. Typically there will be a minimum of 1200 hours to log before you can consider applying for your RDN certification.

A dietitian will need to also complete 75 hours of field related studies over 5 years to continue their certification. Skills such as interpersonal communication, analytics, mathematics and computer knowledge are extremely beneficial in this occupation. Your responsibilities as a dietitian could vary widely depending on your career path. Thus this is part of what makes the profession as a dietitian so appealing to many, the job opportunities within the field.

An RDN may own their own private practice and assist individual patients with developing healthy eating plans to better their health and help fight diseases. Corporations will hire dietitians to help promote living a healthy lifestyle on and off the job. Hospitals will often have clinical dietitians on hand to help support a patient's need. Geriatric dietitians can find opportunities within retirement communities and assisted living programs to help the elderly. There are pediatric dietitians to promote healthy eating habits and dietary needs in children and prenatal dietitians that specialize in providing the most beneficial nutrients for expecting mothers. If individual patient care is not the path for you, opportunities in administrative and even research positions are available. These are just a few of the possibilities as a professional dietitian.

Salaries as a dietitian will vary and depend on your career path, education and experience. On average it's estimated a dietitian can exceed $55k per year. It's also a growing profession. As people become more health conscious and more is learned from the benefits of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits there will be a need for professional dietitians to fill those roles. To get started, have a look at the resources below and good luck in your pursuit.

    • Community Dietitian
      Food & Friends Washington, DC, USA
      We seek a Community Dietitian to provide nutrition counseling and on-going follow-up to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses. Duties include utilizing Nutrition Care ...
    • Registered Dietitian (RD) Remote
      Centers Health Care Washington, DC, USA
      Registered Dietitian (RD) - Remote Wichita Center is looking to hire a Registered Dietitian (RD) to work r emotely- and visit center weekly for our Skilled Nursing Facility in Wichita, KS. Must be ...
    • Outpatient Clinical Dietitian
      Eating Recovery Center Reston, VA, USA
      Registered Dietitian license * Valid driver's license * CPR How we invest in you Every role at ERC Pathlight is essential to delivering the high-quality care we promise to our patients. This means ...
    • Outpatient Clinical Dietitian
      Eating Recovery Center Arlington, VA, USA
      Registered Dietitian license * Valid driver's license * CPR How we invest in you Every role at ERC Pathlight is essential to delivering the high-quality care we promise to our patients. This means ...
    • Outpatient Clinical Dietitian
      Eating Recovery Center Washington, DC, USA
      Registered Dietitian license * Valid driver's license * CPR How we invest in you Every role at ERC Pathlight is essential to delivering the high-quality care we promise to our patients. This means ...
    • Diet Technician- Eating Disorders, Residential
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      Job Description The Diet Technician consults with the Registered Dietitian to ensure implementation of the best standard of nutrition and dietary services. Responsibilities include dietary support ...
    • Nutritionist
      DIGESTIVE CARE SPECIALISTS LLC Germantown, MD, USA
      Correlates nutrition plan with other healthcare needs. · Instructs patients on meal plan and dietary changes. Establishes goals and objectives to help meet the plan. · Maintains confidentiality of ...
    • Nutrition Education Coordinator
      Mary's Center Washington, DC, USA
      These duties require implementation by a nutritionist, or registered dietitian, who is licensed in the District of Columbia, or can apply and secure licensure from the DC Health, Board of Dietetics ...
    • DFAC Shift Lead / Dietitian - Immediate Interviews!
      PAE Incorporated Washington, DC, USA
      Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World DFAC Shift Lead / Dietitian POSITION SUMMARY PAE is seeking a DFAC Shift Lead / Dietitian (DSLD) for a position located in Niger ...
    • Dietary Aide
      ManorCare Health Services Fairfax, VA, USA
      HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy
    • Clinical Nurse - Dialysis
      Trinity Health Corporation Silver Spring, MD, USA
      Work closely with our multidisciplinary team of nephrologists, dietitian and social workers to support patients * Educating patients about their disease, their diet and their medications * Complete ...
    • Dialysis Experience Registered Nurse (RN) - $5K Bonus
      DaVita Ashburn, VA, USA
      Work alongside and support technicians, other nurses, dietitians, social workers, physicians and the center manager. * Fun is one of our core values. Happier nurses = healthier patients
    • Registered Nurse (RN) Open House 10/26 - You're Invited!
      DaVita Ashburn, VA, USA
      Work alongside and support technicians, other nurses, dietitians, social workers, physicians and the center manager. * Fun is one of our core values. Happier nurses = healthier patients
    • Registered Nurse (RN) - 5K Sign On Bonus for Dialysis Experience
      DaVita Herndon, VA, USA
      Work alongside and support technicians, other nurses, dietitians, social workers, physicians and the center manager. * Fun is one of our core values. Happier nurses = healthier patients
    • Registered Nurse
      DaVita Arlington, VA, USA
      Work alongside and support technicians, other nurses, dietitians, social workers, physicians and the center manager. * Fun is one of our core values. Happier nurses = healthier patients
    • Director, Marketing Technology- REMOTE- US
      Foodsmart Washington, DC, USA
      Foodsmart seamlessly integrates dietary assessments and nutrition counseling with online food ordering and cost-effective meal planning for the whole family that makes the most of ingredients at home ...
    • Cook
      Bedford Court Silver Spring, MD, USA
      Responsibilities: - Preparing and serving the residents in our community - Ensuring all special dietary needs are met and preparing texture modified food as directed - Following the specially ...
    • LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      The LPN is responsible for communicating observations and insights to the treatment team (i.e. therapists, dietitian, psychiatrist, pediatrician and facility administrator) to ensure the team is ...
    • Overnight LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      The LVN/LPN is responsible for communicating observations and insights to the treatment team (i.e. therapists, dietitian, psychiatrist, pediatrician and facility administrator) to ensure the team is ...
    • LPN Licensed Practical Nurse (Per Diem)
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      The LVN/LPN is responsible for communicating observations and insights to the treatment team (i.e. therapists, dietitian, psychiatrist, pediatrician and facility administrator) to ensure the team is ...
    • Primary Care Physician Assistant
      Privia Medical Group Fairfax, VA, USA
      Outstanding opportunity to join our well-established private practice and work alongside 2 board certified primary care physicians, 2 nurse practitioners, a registered dietitian, and a tenured ...
    • Cook
      CareOne Management, LLC Montgomery Village, MD, USA
      High School Diploma or equivalent * 1 year of dietary experience in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or other related medical facility, preferred * Must be able to cook a variety of foods in ...
    • Counselor- Eating Disorders, Residential
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      Eating together during meal times to model positive dietary behaviors * Maintaining an inviting environment by ensuring the house is tidy and clean at all times * Assisting Therapists in the ...
    • Customer Health Care Concierge
      CVS Health Centreville, VA, USA
      Drive awareness of in-store Licensed Dietitian (LD), co-manage the LD calendar for scheduling appointments h. Proactively offer to help customers find items they are looking for in the store. 3. ...
    • Physician / Family Practice / Virginia / Permanent / Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or PM&am...
      HCRC Staffing McLean, VA, USA
      A medical team comprised of physicians, physical therapists, nurses, an acupuncturist, psychotherapist, dietitian, massage therapist & meditation instructor. Generous compensation and benefits ...
    • Physician / Anesthesiology / Virginia / Permanent / Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or PM&...
      HCRC Staffing McLean, VA, USA
      A medical team comprised of physicians, physical therapists, nurses, an acupuncturist, psychotherapist, dietitian, massage therapist & meditation instructor. Generous compensation and benefits ...
    • Dining Server
      Kensington Senior Living, LLC Reston, VA, USA
      Ensures that dietary restrictions of each resident are adhered to. * Delivers food and beverages accurately to each table. Monitors beverages and refreshes them as needed throughout the meal. Ensures ...
    • Business Operations Coodinator
      Prosynthesis Laboratories Inc Sterling, VA, USA
      The company was founded by Martha, a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Boston University. She started her career as an RD in 1974, and has experience ...
    • Force Support Services / DFAC Manager - Immediate Interviews!
      PAE Incorporated Washington, DC, USA
      ... DFAC / Dietitian responsibilities. * A minimum of three years (3) previously supervisory experience * Previous work experience in an austere OCONUS environment with a multi-national workforce
    • Frontend Developer (Remote Position)
      Equip Washington, DC, USA
      Equip's five-person care teams include dietitians, physicians, therapists, and mentors who deliver wrap-around support to provide families healing and lasting recovery. We created Equip to increase ...
    • Agronomist - Market Research Study - $300 Compensated Consultation
      Ivy Exec Washington, DC, USA
      IvyExec, in partnership with VS Research, a market research firm, is conducting a study with food experts (Dieticians, Nutritionists, Agronomists, Agriculturalists, Food Futurists, Food Scientists ...
    • Food scientist - Market Research Study - $300 Compensated Consultation
      Ivy Exec Washington, DC, USA
      IvyExec, in partnership with VS Research, a market research firm, is conducting a study with food experts (Dieticians, Nutritionists, Agronomists, Agriculturalists, Food Futurists, Food Scientists ...
    • React/Java Developer
      Eliassen Group Rockville, MD, USA
      ... dietary supplement products, and ingredients. This is a great opportunity working remotely for the time being, then coming into their Bethesda MD headquarters on a hybrid schedule. You'll be hands on ...
    • Dairy Order Writer (Buyer / Inventory Replenishment) - Full Time - McLean - 22102
      wholefoodsmarket McLean, VA, USA
      Ensure that product mix meets varied customer dietary needs and requests. * Find placement for all new products belonging to your category or categories. * Participate in regional and national sales ...
    • Application & Cloud Security Engineer (REMOTE)
      The Clorox Company Washington, DC, USA
      Rainbow Light®, Natural Vitality™ and NeoCell® dietary supplements. The company also markets industry-leading products and technologies for professional customers, including those sold under the ...
    • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) for Home Health
      FeldCare Connects Adamstown, MD, USA
      ... Dietitians. The Physical Therapy Assistant in Home Health is responsible for patient care needs relating to the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Based on the ...
    • Credentialing Specialist II (Medical Staff Office)
      Virginia Hospital Center Arlington, VA, USA
      Shares responsibility with Credentials Specialist I in monitoring Physician's lounge(s) to assure the area is kept tidy and that dietary needs are furnished appropriately. Maintains bulletin boards ...