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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Dietitian Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,264 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $79K
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Dietitian Career Path

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Altum HealthAltum Health
Registered Kinesiologist
Jan. 19, 2021

“For a new kinesiologist the pay was really good and the clinic hours were reasonable.”

Life Opportunities TrustLife Opportunities Trust
Registered Manager
Apr. 20, 2020

“Excellent Training opportunities and career progression as the organisation is developing and exploring new dimensions.”

Whittier Health NetworkWhittier Health Network
Dietary Aide
Oct. 12, 2021

“It is a great opportunity to make decent money while making the lives of its residents much easier.”

Eden Senior CareEden Senior Care
Registered Dietitian
Nov. 2, 2021

“I really enjoy the work life balance I'm able to have working at Eden.”

Trilogy Health ServicesTrilogy Health Services
Dietary Aide
Feb. 19, 2020

“Great team work and friendly”

Aladdin Food Management ServicesAladdin Food Management Services
Aug. 31, 2020

“Management was extremely professional and pleasant to work with.”

Loch Raven Center
Dietary Aide
Jul. 28, 2019

“Hours was crazy and pay was not good.”

Family Health Center of WorcesterFamily Health Center of Worcester
May 10, 2021

“People are nice and friendly.”

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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.

The most similar professions to dietitian are:
  • 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.