What does a Dietitian do?
Dietitians are experts on how to better use food and nutrition to promote the health or the management of disease for a patient or client. A dietician will advise on what to eat to lead a healthier lifestyle or to attain a set of health-related goals, including weight loss, the management of diabetes or the reduction of high blood pressure.
Dietitians evaluate their patients’ health and habits. They assess this alongside the patients’ health and lifestyle goals. Through their findings and what the patient ultimately hopes to achieve, a dietitian makes recommendations and provides advice about what patients should eat or avoid eating to better achieve their goals. As specialists, dietitians provide their clients and patients with additional, customized information specific to their needs and goals. Dietitians work with individuals and clients in clinical settings, including hospitals or long-term care facilities, and in the public health capacity, or in school cafeterias or prisons. Dietitians have completed a bachelor’s degree and certification from an ACEND-accredited program.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a dietitian
When working as a dietitian, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Interpersonal and Communication, Parenteral Nutrition, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Responses.
- Medical Assistant
- Patient Care
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- General Manager
The most common qualifications to become a dietitian is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.