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Career Descriptions - Dietitians and Nutritionists Advancement and Job Outlook


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An experienced dietitian or nutritionist may advance to management positions that include:

  • Assistant director

  • Associate director

  • Director of a dietetic department

  • Self-employed

    Some dietitians and nutritionists specialize in areas such as:

  • Renal

  • Diabetic

  • Cardiovascular

  • Pediatric dietetics

    Other possible positions include:

  • Sales representatives for equipment, pharmaceutical or food manufacturers

    A master's degree can help some workers advance their careers, particularly in career paths related to:

  • Research

  • Advanced clinical positions

  • Public health

    Job Outlook:

  • More than half of all jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers or offices of physicians and other health practitioners

  • State and local government agencies provide additional jobs in correctional facilities, health departments, and other public-health-related areas

  • Some are employed in special food services, an industry made up of firms providing food services on contract to facilities such as colleges and universities, airlines, correctional facilities, and company cafeterias

  • Other jobs are in public and private educational services, community care facilities for the elderly (which includes assisted-living facilities), individual and family services, home health care services, and the Federal Government - mostly in the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Self employment opportunities might include:

  • Working as consultants to facilities such as hospitals and nursing care facilities

  • Providing dietary counseling to individuals

    Good job opportunities are expected, especially for dietitians with:

  • Specialized training

  • An advanced degree

  • Certifications beyond the particular State's minimum requirement

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Dietitians and Nutritionists, on the Internet (visited April 10, 2008)

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