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.

    • Dietitian (PRN Pool)
      Clementine Fairfax Station, VA, USA
      The Registered Dietitian is a critical member of the leadership and clinical teams and collaborates routinely with all disciplines to achieve optimal client care. Responsibilities Include:: * Full ...
    • Dietitian
      Evergreen Nephrology Fairfax, VA, USA
      YOUR ROLE As a Dietitian with Evergreen Nephrology, you influence and ensure the best clinical care for your patients, focusing on creating a dietary care plan that is integrated with the overall ...
    • Community Dietitian-Pediatrics
      MEDSTAR HEALTH Washington, DC, USA
      REG DIET - Dietitian - Registered Registered by the American Dietetic Association Required or * American Dietetic Assoc - ADA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Licensed in the District of Columbia
    • Research Dietitian
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      Registered Dietitian Seeking a registered dietitian with at least three years of experience as a dietitian to provide nutrition expertise for clinical research activities on the effect of a plant ...
    • Registered Dietician
      Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children Montgomery Village, MD, USA
      The Dietitian reports directly to the Assistant Executive Director for Programs. The primary responsibility of the Dietitian is to ensure that the individuals served by CSAAC are supported in ...
    • Comp ParaProfessional Authority/non-licensed WIC Nutritionist
      Unity Health Care. Washington, DC, USA
      The CPPA assists the Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in certifying WIC participants. MAJOR DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are ...
    • Susan Levin Nutrition Internship
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      Seeking students currently enrolled in graduate level studies in the fields of nutrition or public health or in a dietetic internship program for eight-week internship with organization promoting ...
    • Dietary Aide
      Fair Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Fairfax, VA, USA
      DIETARY REPORTS TO: DIETARY SERVICE SUPERVISOR JOB SUMMARY: Helps as required in all dietary functions as directed and instructed. JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Read, understand, and speak ...
    • 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 ...
    • Dietary Aide
      Birmingham Green Health Center for Comm Cnts Manassas, VA, USA
      New Competitive Rates Up To $19.02 per hour based on experience BIRMINGHAM GREEN Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities Dietary Aide Part Time ( every weekend) 12:30pm - 7:30pm Birmingham Green ...
      UHS Washington, DC, USA
      Responsibilities GW Hospital is a 385-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC. Featuring a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Level 3 NICU offers clinical expertise in ...
    • RN Care Coordinator - 24 HRS/WK
      Erickson Senior Living Ashburn, VA, USA
      The nurse care coordinator may utilize a range of alternative, non-medical services (i.e., diabetic education, cardiac rehabilitation and dietary instruction) and treatments. The care coordinator may ...
    • Acute Care, Outpatient Bariatric/GS APP opportunity with MedStar Washington Hospital Center
      MedStar Medical Group Washington, DC, USA
      Using a multidisciplinary approach, we partner with colleagues from disciplines including registered dietitians, behavioral health, and gastroenterology to develop highly individualized care plans ...
    • Overnight LVN/LPN
      Discovery Behavioral Health 20598, VA, USA
      The Overnight LVN/LPN is responsible for communicating observations and insights to the treatment team (i.e. therapists, dietitian, psychiatrist, pediatrician and facility administrator) to ensure ...
    • 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 ...
    • CNA/PCA w/Parkinson's experience needed in Arlington, VA
      IncrediCare Arlington, 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 ...
    • Dining Services Department Manager
      Healthcare Services Group, Inc. Leesburg, VA, USA
      Must also be able to perform the essential job functions of dietary aide, cook, and dishwasher positions to train and assist when there are call-outs. * Communication - Effectively communicate all ...
    • Marketing Director
      Eat the Change Bethesda, MD, USA
      Our mission is inspired by the fact that dietary choices represent our single biggest daily opportunity to make an environmental impact. We create chef-crafted, nutrient dense foods and beverages ...
    • 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 ...
    • Tray Server Team Lead (Full-Time)
      Goodwin House Falls Church, VA, USA
      Accurately assembles plated meals according to menu specifications, resident's diet order, and resident's dietary preferences. Stocks household area with specific items to fit the needs of the ...
    • Residential Chef
      AMFM Healthcare Vienna, VA, USA
      Ability to substitute items based on dietary needs of clients as needed. * Responsible for safe food standards including sanitation duties, food temperatures, refrigerator temperatures and food ...
    • 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 ...
    • Pool Server-Seasonal
      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 ...
    • Education & Learning Associate
      School Nutrition Association Arlington, VA, USA
      Desired experience or education in nutrition education, policy, or dietetics.
    • Social Worker - MSW
      Evergreen Nephrology Fairfax, VA, USA
      You leverage an integrated technology platform and are complemented by an entire interdisciplinary team including registered nurses, nurse care managers, health coaches, dieticians, pharmacists ...
    • Food Service Server - Assisted Living
      Spring Arbor Leesburg, VA, USA
      ... dietary equipment in a safe and sanitary manner. Servers also ensure the prevention of foodborne illness and the spread of communicable disease by properly handling food and promptly busing tables
    • 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 ...
      Cure Home Health LLC Fairfax, VA, USA
      Maintains a safe, secure, and healthy patient environment by following asepsis standards and procedures, maintaining security precautions, and following prescribed dietary requirements and nutrition ...
    • Assistant Warehouse Supervisor
      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 ...
    • Unit Secretary, Emergency Department, Nights
      Howard University Hospital Washington, DC, USA
      Receives dietary requests and timely transmits requests to o Dietary before the cut-off time for the next meal. * Maintains adequate stock of supplies and functioning equipment and confirms the ...
    • Restaurant Server
      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 ...
    • Runner
      The Smith Washington, DC, USA
      Pay special attention to the food being delivered to the tables for accuracy especially regarding dietary restrictions * Observe the entire dining experience ensuring that food and beverages are ...
    • Director, Health Research Group (Physician)
      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 ...
    • House Manager ( WEEKENDS ONLY)
      National Children's Center Washington, DC, USA
      Prepares meals for individuals in accordance with established dietary requirements and protocols associated with the work location, as needed * Assists with the preparation of internal/external ...
    • Personal Care Assistant PCA
      Pamir Healthcare Services LLC Reston, VA, USA
      Preparing and serving healthy, nutritious meals, taking into account any special dietary needs and personal preferences * Identifying activities that would appeal to the patients and ensuring that ...
    • CNA/PCA needed in Arlington Mon-Fri
      IncrediCare Arlington, 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 ...
    • Full- Time Nanny
      A Mother's Prayer Placement Brambleton, VA, USA
      ... dietary needs ● Assure kitchen and general areas are kept organized, clean and tidy Candidates should demonstrate ability to be interactive with the children as they develop, engaging with age ...
    • Bartender
      Emmy Squared Pizza Washington, DC, USA
      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 positive ...
      Compass Group, North America Leesburg, VA, USA
      ... dietitians, 300 executive chefs, and 21,000 professional food service team members. Job Summary Summary: Makes and serves coffee/espresso drinks and related food and beverage items. Handles food ...
    • Prep Cook
      Birmingham Green Health Center for Comm Cnts Manassas, VA, USA
      Some knowledge of special dietary menus is preferred. * Knowledge of large scale food production equipment is required. * Must continuously be able to push/pull or lift objects weighing 10 to over 50 ...
    • Line Cook
      Basic knowledge of food allergies, cross contamination, dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian. (ServSafe) * Must have good verbal communication skills to interact ...