The Department of Labor predicts that the employment of Registered Dietitians (RD) will increase 20% from 2010 through 2020 which is faster than average for all occupations (U.S Dept. of Labor, 2012). Dietitians play important roles in Health Care and the Food Industry.
RDs are employed in hospital health care facilities, government and community agencies, pharmaceutical companies, food industries, schools, universities, fitness corporations, and news media. The demand for dietitians continue to be high. RDs are considered experts in foods and nutrition.
Administers food service systems; employee training programs; and budgets for health-care facilities, school food service program, cafeterias, and restaurants.
Provides nutrition services in health-care settings as part of a medical team in hospitals, out-patient clinics, and private practice. Clinical dietitians work with individual patients, helping them to better health through special diets.
Counsels individuals and families in food selection and disease prevention through public health agencies, day care centers, and health and recreation clubs.
Represents pharmaceutical and food companies in sales and trade shows, develops food products.
Teaches nutrition and food systems management in the college and university setting.
Practices independently, speaking at seminars, advising industry, consulting for nursing homes, counseling private patients.
National Average: Range: $50,000 - $60,000