What does a Clinical 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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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,380 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$43K
Median: $61K
$87K
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Clinical Dietitian Career Path

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L2
Dietitian
$63,607/yr
L3
L4
Lead Dietitian
$44,906/yr
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Read what Clinical Dietitian professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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.”

Trilogy Health ServicesTrilogy Health Services
Dietary Aide
Feb 19, 2020

“Great team work and friendly”

Aladdin Food Management ServicesAladdin Food Management Services
Dietitian
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
Nutritionist
May 10, 2021

“People are nice and friendly.”

Ridge CareRidge Care
Dietary Aide
Jan 21, 2021

“Their proposed schedule is usually not being followed because we always have to work overtime and work on weekends.”

Morrison HealthcareMorrison Healthcare
Registered Dietitian
Sep 29, 2020

“19 and they were nothing but accommodating and followed safety precautions and made me feel safe during this crazy time.”

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