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.

    • Registered Dietitian for Assisted Living Communities - Contractor
      Crandall Corporate Dietitians Montgomery Village, MD, USA
      Registered Dietitian - Contractor Assisted Living Communities Do you enjoy working with residents in senior living communities? Then this consulting opportunity is a perfect fit for you. Join our ...
    • Clinical Dietitian Part Time Benefits
      Eating Recovery Center Bethesda, MD, 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 ...
    • Licensed Nutritionist
      Hamdan Resources Washington, DC, USA
      Registered Dietitian (RD) or RD-Eligible with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics preferable. * Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred * COVID 19 booster is required Hamdan Resources, LLC is ...
    • Nutrition Program Coordinator
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      A registered dietitian credential and/or Spanish speaking skills are a plus. About the Physicians Committee The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is dedicated to saving and improving ...
    • Nutritionist Assistant- WIC
      Hamdan Resources Washington, DC, USA
      You will assist the Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in certifying WIC participants. Responsibilities * Interviews participants using the DC WIC State agency provided assessment tool to obtain ...
    • CPA Manager
      Howard University Hospital Washington, DC, USA
      Registered Dietitian (RD) required. Licensure in the District of Columbia or licensure in another state with proof of application of licensure in the District of Columbia. At Howard University ...
    • Medical Dietician-Surgical Specialties
      Virginia Hospital Center Arlington, VA, USA
      Registered Dietitian Schedule: PRN (As Needed) Location: Arlington, VA Creating the best outcomes for our patients requires the right people. At Virginia Hospital Center, our staff exceeds ...
    • Dietetic Technician Full Time
      Monte Nido Residential Center, LLC Fairfax Station, VA, USA
      Collaborate with the Registered Dietitian and Chef to meet the nutritional needs of clients in a therapeutic setting * Able to adapt and create individualized menu items with the support of the RD ...
    • Now Hiring Dietary Aides in Gainesville
      Virginia Culinary Gainesville, VA, USA
      Dietary Aide Position: * Ability to understand and follow recipe directions, diet orders, tray cards, and work assignments. This position will show a willingness and ability to perform routine tasks ...
    • Dietitian at Adolescent Residential Treatment Center
      Monte Nido Residential Center, LLC Clifton, VA, USA
      We now seek a Full Time Registered Dietitian to join our multidisciplinary team at Clementine Twin Lakes, a residential eating disorder treatment facility for adolescents located in Clifton, VA ...
    • Dietary Aide
      Birmingham Green Health Center for Comm Cnts Manassas, VA, USA
      BIRMINGHAM GREEN Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities Dietary Aide Temp Position (PRN) 2 - 3 days per week/ 7:00am - 1:30pm and alternating weekends Birmingham Green, a person-centered care ...
    • Dietary Aide
      INGLESIDE at Rock Creek Washington, DC, USA
      Ensure that all dietary procedures are followed in accordance with established policies. * Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as with other ...
    • COOK - DIETARY ( PART TIME)
      UHS Corporate Office Washington, DC, USA
      Responsibilities The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) is a 395-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC, next to the Foggy Bottom metro. GW ...
    • Food Service Director
      Althea Woodland Silver Spring, MD, USA
      The Food Service Director plans, organizes, develops, and directs the overall operation of the Dietary Department in accordance with current federal, state, and local regulations governing our ...
    • RD Health Educator - Evernorth - Fairfax VA
      Cigna Herndon, VA, USA
      Registered Dietitian - Health Educator - on site - Fairfax VA Evernorth Direct Health is an industry leading business providing custom care delivery and wellness services across four key business ...
    • Full Time Cook for 11:30am-7:30pm Shift
      Harmony Senior Services Herndon, VA, USA
      In the absence of the Dining Services Director the cook supervises dietary staff to ensure efficient operation of the kitchen at all times. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Policies ...
    • OPERATOR, NUTRITION (FULL & PART-TIME)
      Morrison Healthcare Falls Church, VA, USA
      Prior dietary, food service, or customer service experience preferred. * Perks: Paid Training, Additional pay for evening & weekend hours, Benefits, 401k w/ co match, Discounts + More! We Make ...
    • COOK- 324
      Universal Health Services Washington, DC, USA
      Confers with dieticians regarding modified diet preparation and use of left-overs. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Prepares or directs the preparation of all food served in the facility
    • Registered Nurse -- RN (Part Time)
      Fairland Nursing and Rehab Center - Genesis HealthCare Silver Spring, MD, USA
      Being part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, is a great way to see what ...
    • LVN/LPN, Mental Health - Residential
      Discovery Behavioral Health Reston, VA, USA
      The LVNis responsible for communicating observations and insights to the treatment team (i.e. therapists, dietitian, psychiatrist, pediatrician and facility administrator) to ensure the team is ...
    • Cook
      Heatherwood Independent and Assisted Living Community Burke, VA, USA
      In absence of the Executive Chef and Sous Chef, supervises dietary staff to assure efficient operation of kitchen at all times.: Functions: * Prepares and presents menu items according to standard ...
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Float Pool
      Howard University Hospital Washington, DC, USA
      Ability to perform the basic nursing skills, which include attending to personal hygiene and dietary needs of patients. * Ability to use patient care equipment safely and effectively; for example ...
    • Scientific Program Manager Senior
      PriceSenz Bethesda, MD, USA
      ... of Dietary Supplements and USDA. Provide critical scientific and administrative advice in the functional areas of requirements development, design, end-user testing, and implementation/deployment ...
    • PM Cook
      WOODMONT COUNTRY CLUB Rockville, MD, USA
      Preform portion and quality control by monitoring prep-work and distribution of product. * Assist Chef(s) in menu planning, dietary needs, recipe development, and product testing. * Inspects and ...
    • Banquet Captain/Events Lead - Hiring Urgently $36.07 per hour
      Next Generation Recruitment and Staffing Agency Washington, DC, USA
      Communicate additional meal requirements, allergies, dietary needs, and special requests to the kitchen. Maintain cleanliness of work areas throughout the day. Additional Requirements: * Banquet ...
    • Program Manager- Avery House
      Maryland Treatment Centers, Inc. Rockville, MD, USA
      The Program Manager manages all support services, including security, maintenance, dietary, and administrative support. Responsibilities: -Manages staff scheduling and administrative support -Manages ...
    • Grill Cook
      Corporate Chefs Washington, DC, USA
      The Grill Cook is responsible for taking orders for grill food items and preparing the order according to the recipe, keeping in mind additional customer specifications or dietary needs. Duties of ...
    • Cook
      Sunrise Senior Living Fairfax, VA, USA
      Responsibilities 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 ...
    • ATTENDANT, STOREROOM (FULL-TIME)
      Morrison Healthcare Leesburg, VA, USA
      ... dietitians, 300 executive chefs, and 21,000 professional food service team members. Job Summary Summary: Responsible for receiving, storage and inventory of all departmental supplies and food stuffs ...
    • FOH Team Member 006
      DISTRICT TACO LLC Vienna, VA, USA
      Keep a positive attitude and healthy enthusiasm for interactions with guests * Assist guests with the menu and altering them to potential dietary conflicts * Resolve customer service issues with the ...
    • Cooks, Chefs, Dishwashers & Drivers
      Air Culinaire Worldwide Reston, VA, USA
      Prepare recipes and special dietary restriction orders * Operate standard kitchen equipment safely and efficiently * Adhere to all sanitation and food production codes * Clean and maintain kitchen ...
    • Cook
      HCR Fairfax, VA, USA
      Category Dietary Posting ID 040122*IP
    • Digital Products Marketing Manager
      United States Pharmacopeia Rockville, MD, USA
      For over 200 years, USP has worked as an independent, scientific nonprofit organization to build trust where it matters most: in the world's medicines, dietary supplements and foods. Through our ...
    • Nutrition Educator
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      A master's degree in nutrition or public health, registered dietitian credential, and/or Spanish language skills are a plus. About the Physicians Committee The Physicians Committee for Responsible ...
    • Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN (Part Time)
      Fairland Nursing and Rehab Center - Genesis HealthCare Silver Spring, MD, USA
      Being part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, is a great way to see what ...
    • Internal Medicine Physician General Internist - Physicians Only Apply - Perm
      Privia Medical Group Rockville, MD, USA
      Well established physician-owned practice with 25 physicians, 7 nurse practitioners, 2 clinical psychologists, and a registered dietitian. * Providers offer the full spectrum of primary care as well ...
    • Part-Time Sleep Medicine Nurse Practitioner
      Rockville Internal Medicine Group Potomac, MD, USA
      Well established private practice with 25 physicians, 7 nurse practitioners, 2 clinical psychologists, and a registered dietitian * Providers offer the full spectrum of primary care as well as ...
    • Residential Program Manager
      Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children Montgomery Village, MD, USA
      ... dieticians, and recreational therapists. * Responsible for budgeting, family contacts, and the supervision, training, and development of direct support staff to create a supportive and enriched ...
    • Corporate Executive Chef
      Thompson Reston, VA, USA
      Manage special dietary needs. * Additional duties assigned by Supervisor Qualifications * Travel required to all restaurants within Thompson brands. * Culinary degree preferred. * Three to five years ...
    • Program Associate
      United States Pharmacopeia Rockville, MD, USA
      Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary ...
    • Kitchen Manager/ Chef
      Emmy Squared Pizza Washington, DC, USA
      ... dietary needs. Kitchen Manager/Chef Qualifications: · Previous culinary management experience in a full-service restaurant. A love for food is a must and pizza knowledge is a plus! · Serve Safe ...
    • 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 ...
    • Breakfast Buffet Server
      Lansdowne Resort Ashburn, VA, USA
      Communicate additional meal requirements, allergies, dietary needs, and special requests to the kitchen * Record transaction in MICROS system at time of order * Check in with guests to ensure ...
    • QA Specialist II
      Catalent Manassas, VA, USA
      Responsible for ensuring Dietary Supplement's Identity, Purity, Strength and Quality. * Ensures accurate and timely completion of all tasks relating to issuance of Batch production records and ...
    • Cardiologist
      Chenega Healthcare Services, LLC Langley, VA, USA
      Provide such treatment for internal diseases as medications, physical therapies, dietary regimens, and other therapies accepted in cardiology. * Initial evaluation, consultation, and follow-up care
    • Dining Server- Evenings and Weekend
      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 ...
    • Warehouse Shipping Specialist
      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 ...
    • PHYSICAL THERAPIST OUTPATIENT
      The George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC, USA
      Collaborate with our multidisciplinary care team of oncologists, nurses, dieticians, and researchers. Lymphedema experience preferred. Our ideal candidate is proactive, dedicated to lifelong ...
    • FOOD SERVICE WORKER (FULL-TIME)
      Levy Premium Foodservice Manassas, VA, USA
      ... dietitians, 300 executive chefs, and 21,000 professional food service team members. Job Summary Summary: Prepares, presents and serves food as needed. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • Food Service Server - Full Time Opportunities
      HSM Frederick, MD, USA
      ... dietary equipment in a safe and sanitary manner. What we are currently looking for: Experienced servers that are looking to advance their career. And less experienced servers who are willing to learn ...
    • Sr. Store Room Coordinator
      Johns Hopkins Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      Supervises assigned personnel, trainees, and dietetic interns. Work Location: Washington, DC Day Shift Full time 7 am - 3:30pm Rotating weekends Minimal Education and Experience: 1. High school ...
    • Server- Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing- up to $18/hr- $500 Sign-on Bonus!
      Ashby Ponds Ashburn, VA, USA
      You'll work closely with nurses, aides, dieticians, and other dining staff to implement residents' nutritional care plans. You'll serve meals, create a pleasant dining experience, and in some cases ...
    • Now Hiring Part-Time Housekeepers and Laundry Aides in Burke - CR
      Virginia EVS Burke, VA, USA
      Virginia EVS - Next Level Hospitality Services takes the quality and service of Dietary & Housekeeping Departments in health care facilities to the next level. Here is a chance to advance your career ...
    • Pool Attendant/Server
      Lansdowne Resort Leesburg, VA, USA
      Communicate additional meal requirements, allergies, dietary needs, and special requests to the kitchen * Operate Micros, handle cash, room charges, guest member charges and credit card charges ...
    • Host
      Emmy Squared Pizza Washington, DC, USA
      Ability to communicate guest requests, including dietary restrictions, to culinary staff * Perform opening and closing duties * Help to maintain a clean and presentable work environment * Maintain a ...
    • Head Bartender
      Hook Hall Washington, DC, USA
      The Captain will be responsible for the day-to-day running and service of the club and able to make guests' tasting preference modification and accommodations for dietary restrictions day in and day ...
    • CNA/PCA/HHA needed in BURKE, VA 10am-2pm Mon-Fri--PPE provided
      IncrediCare Burke, VA, USA
      Knowledge of housekeeping activities and cooking with attention to dietary constraints * Must be respectful and compassionate with a good bedside manner * Outstanding communication, time management ...
    • Executive Assistant (Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation)
      Johns Hopkins Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      Plans and coordinates meetings for JBRF, including gathering of materials and arrangement of meeting rooms, transportation, and any dietary, and/or audio- visual requirements. * Prepares ...
    • Personal Care Aide at Caring Arms at Home, LLC
      Caring Arms at Home, LLC Reston, VA, USA
      Prepare and administer meals in accordance with dietary needs Qualifications * Experience working as a personal care aide or similar field * Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to remain ...
    • Cashier
      Sardi's Pollo A La Brasa Alexandria, VA, USA
      You must know the menu well enough to be able to answer general questions about allergens, dietary restrictions, and substitutions. * Register and Cash Control: Follow the Cash Handling Policy ...
    • Laundry Aide
      Birmingham Green Health Center for Comm Cnts Manassas, VA, USA
      Delivers clothing, linens, and other articles to appropriate place in the facility (i.e., resident rooms, linen closets, dietary department, etc.). * Cleans equipment and work area in the laundry ...
    • Health Researcher
      Public Citizen Washington, DC, USA
      ... dietary supplements; (b) occupational health and safety; (c) the ethics and regulation of clinical trials and other human subjects research; (d) physician oversight and accountability; (e) health ...
    • Deputy Director
      Public Citizen Washington, DC, USA
      ... dietary supplements; (b) occupational health and safety; (c) the ethics and regulation of clinical trials and other human subjects research; (d) health care delivery and health services; (e ...