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.

    • 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 Dietitian
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC, USA
      Seeking a registered dietitian with an understanding of the health benefits of a plant-based diet and at least five years of experience as a dietitian to join a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that ...
    • Dietitian Part Time
      Encompass Health Aldie, VA, USA
      SIGN ON BONUS $2,000 The Dietitian plans therapeutic diets and confers with patients, doctors, nursing staff, and patient family members concerning these diets. The position monitors Nutrition ...
    • Outpatient Dietitian
      VHC Health Arlington, VA, USA
      Outpatient Dietitian Looking for your next career opportunity in healthcare? Come join a top rated hospital! At VHC Health, our staff exceeds expectations by performing at the top-level of the ...
    • Registered Dietitian for Assisted Living Communities - Contractor
      Crandall Corporate Dietitians Washington, DC, 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 ...
    • Dietary Aide
      Regency Care of Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD, USA
      The DIETARY AIDE provides assistance in all dietary functions to ensure residents' dining needs are met in accordance with all laws, regulations, and Company standards. Reports to Director of Food ...
    • 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/any 5 hours per day and alternating weekends Birmingham Green, a person-centered care ...
    • In need of a motivated RN on a part-time basis or PRN, preferably with Home care experience.
      Always Best Care Senior Services Rockville, MD, USA
      ... dietary needs; 5. Specific personal care services to be performed; and 6. Frequency of service. • Aid in the development of processes to monitor appropriate utilization of services. • Direct the ...
    • LVN/LPN - Eating Disorder, Residential
      Center For Discovery McLean, 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 ...
    • Registered Nurse Cardiac Rehab Part Time
      Inova Health System Falls Church, VA, USA
      Candidates should be comfortable working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team of nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians and behavioral health providers. Our cardiac rehab ...
    • Unit Clerk - Behavioral Health - Medstar Washington Hospital Center - Inpatient Psychiatry
      Signet Health Corporation Washington, DC, USA
      Enters/updates physician orders and unit charges into the computer, e.g. laboratory tests, dietary orders, physical therapy, supplies/treatment utilized, as needed. * Initiates and completes ...
    • Diet Clerk, Part-Time Limited
      The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore) Bethesda, MD, USA
      ... dietitians. -Coordinates supply orders for hospital departments. Shift: Candidate must be able to work either day or evening shift, starting as early as 6:00 am or 12 noon. The candidate must also be ...
    • Director, Strategic Accounts - Health Plans
      Oshi Health Washington, DC, USA
      ... dietary changes, and mental health support. Our care is delivered virtually through our app, secure messaging and telehealth visits. Traditional GI care is not efficient and effective and centered ...
    • Restaurant Cook
      Brio Italian Grille - Fairfax Fairfax, VA, USA
      As a restaurant cook at Brio Italian Grille - Fairfax you will prepare food items according to the menu, recipes, and special dietary or nutritional restrictions. You will also determine food and ...
    • Project Coordinator for Health and Nutrition Company
      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 ...
    • Cook Nutrition Svcs
      Medstar Research Institute Olney, MD, USA
      Part Time Food Srvs-Nutrition 18101 Prince Philip Drive Dietary/Food Services Day / Evening Shift with rotating weekend .50 * Job Summary * The primary function of the Cook is to prepare and present ...
      Morrison Healthcare Fairfax, VA, USA
      Prior Dietary or Customer Service exp preferred. * Perks: $500 Signing Bonus! $250 at 90 days! $250 at 180 days of employment! $1.25-$2.75 Additional Pay for evening & weekend hours worked! Morrison ...
    • Team Member - Reston, VA
      Sweetgreen Reston, VA, USA
      Maintain knowledge of critical dietary information and demonstrate proper food handling * Set up, maintain and break down front line area * Operate POS register to complete customer transactions
    • 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 ...
    • Regional Clinical Intake Coordinator- Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, LPC
      Center For Discovery McLean, VA, USA
      Based on the initial assessment, provide a preliminary diagnosis and communicate this to the patient's assigned therapist and registered dietitian for each patient. * Support the patient and support ...
    • Dining Services Associate
      Medical Facilities of America Burke, VA, USA
      Job qualifications include but are not limited to: + Prior dietary experience preferred. + Ability to communicate, read, comprehend, understand and write messages, and follow directions is required
    • 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 ...
    • Licensed Practical Nurse
      Maryland Healthcare Services Inc Washington, DC, USA
      Participates in coordination of home health services, appropriately reporting the identified needs for other disciplines (HHA, OT, PT, MSW, ST, and Dietician) to the registered nurse and/or Clinical ...
    • Sous Chef
      Kensington Senior Living, LLC Reston, VA, USA
      Conducts in-service training sessions to keep community staff abreast of current knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietary needs, safe food handling, culinary skills and procedures, and ...
    • HSCPC Licensed Practical Nurse, (Skilled Nursing Facility) - Pipeline
      Children's National Hospital Washington, DC, USA
      He or she coordinates services and care provided to assigned residents by other disciplines including respiratory therapists (RTs), phlebotomists, radiation technicians, dietitians, and others. JOB ...
    • Executive Chef
      Goodstone Middleburg, VA, USA
      Manage special dietary needs * Responsible for ensuring proper staff scheduling. * Inspect Kitchen for sanitation daily and perform weekly inspections and ensure all health standards are met and ...
    • SA - Food Service Server
      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 ...
    • Restaurant 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 ...
    • Server | Emmy Squared Shaw
      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 ...
    • Events Server
      Goodstone Middleburg, VA, USA
      Communicate additional meal requirements, allergies, dietary needs, and special requests to the kitchen * Replenish buffet items to ensure consistency in presentation * Clean up the venue at the end ...
    • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/NP
      Advanced ICU Care Bethesda, MD, USA
      ... dietary, case management, respiratory care, pastoral care and the patients nurse. + MSN degree and graduate of an approved Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program with certification. + Must be ...
    • 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 ...
    • PRN Radiation Therapist
      The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore) Bethesda, MD, USA
      They also provide a link to other healthcare providers such as social workers and dietitians. The Therapist must adhere to Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine policies & procedures, regulatory ...
    • CNA
      Caregivers Home Health Services Leesburg, VA, USA
      Planning and preparing meals according to specific dietary requirements of the patient, and if necessary, feeding the patient. * Assisting the patient with therapy exercises under the direction of a ...
    • VBC Regional Director of Operations (North East)
      Panoramic Health Arlington, VA, USA
      The Director of Operations will manage a team of regional VBC clinical operations staff including VBC Operations Managers, Renal Care Coordinators, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, and ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...