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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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
39%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
1%
8+
24%

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Interpersonal and Communication
Parenteral Nutrition
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Responses
Positive Attitude
Leadership
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Dietitian Seniority Levels

L2
Dietitian
$62,507/yr
L3
L4
Lead Dietitian
$44,515/yr
Medical Assistant
32% made the transition
Patient Care
12% made the transition
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Dietitian Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,507 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$45K
Median: $63K
$86K
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