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Dietitians & Nutritionists

Also called: Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian

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What they do:
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
On the job, you would:
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • psychology
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Health
  • therapy and counseling

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Axxya Systems Nutritionist Pro software
  • Compu-Cal Nutrition Assistant
Medical software
  • BioEx Systems Nutrition Maker Plus
  • Lifestyles Technologies DietMaster Pro
Data base user interface and query software
  • CyberSoft NutriBase software
  • Database software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after college or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$55,920
per year, on average
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