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Dietetic Technicians

Also called: Cook Chill Technician (CCT), Diet Assistant, Diet Tech (Dietetic Technician), Dietary Aide

Where in the Army? In the Army: Nutrition Care Specialist

What they do:
Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
  • Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Axxya Systems Nutritionist Pro software
  • Gnutrition
Data base user interface and query software
  • DietMaster Systems Clinical Nutrition
  • ValuSoft MasterCook
Medical software
  • Computrition Nutrition Care Management NCM Select
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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