A variety of career options are available for dietitians. Clinical dietitians are employed by hospitals and nursing care facilities. Community dietitians work in public health clinics, home health agencies and health maintenance organizations. Management dietitians are employed by corporations providing food service to schools, universities, hospitals and correctional facilities. The food industry hires registered dietitians to test and market products, and dietitians can work in the pharmaceutical industry as sales representatives for nutritional products.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Job Descriptions:
U.S. Department of Labor:
Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:
- Enroll in a CADE-accredited university that offers a bachelor’s degree and verification statement (didactic program).
- Upon graduation, apply for and complete a CADE-accredited dietetic internship.
- Pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Web site provides numerous resources for prospective and current dietetics students: