Work Tasks

DIETITIANS/NUTRITIONISTS apply the principles of food and nutrition to improve the public's health and well being. They plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and suggesting diet modifications, such as less salt intake for those with high blood pressure, or reduced fat and sugar intake for those who are overweight. They run food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools, promote sound eating habits through education, and conduct research. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics.

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Entry Requirements

DIETITIANS/NUTRITIONISTS need at least a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Courses in these majors include foods, nutrition, institution management, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, and physiology. Students interested in research, advanced clinical positions, or public health may need an advanced degree. Some states require licensing and a few require certification or registration.