Dietetics Careers

As a registered dietitian, you can work in a variety of settings.

Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who work in a wide range of settings, including healthcare, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice.

Dietitians educate clients, the public, and other professionals about the role of diet in health and provide medical nutrition therapy. They also conduct research in nutrition and interpret research data to the public.

For more information on the profession and career opportunities, see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Career Opportunities

Dietitians work in:

Hospitals, HMOs, or other healthcare facilities

  • They educate patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health-care team. They may also manage the foodservice operations in these settings, as well as in schools, day-care centers and correctional facilities, over-seeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.

Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs

  • They educate clients about the connection between food, fitness and health.

Food and nutrition-related business and industries

  • Dietitians work in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools.

Private practice

  • They work under contract with health-care or food companies or in their own business. RDs may provide services to foodservice or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors or athletes, nursing home residents or company employees.

Community and public health settings

  • Dietitians teach, monitor and advise the public and help improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits.

Universities and medical centers

  • They teach physician assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists and others the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.

Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals

  • They direct or conduct experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.

Source: Careers in Dietetics fact sheet, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2011

Positions Held by Our Graduates

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager (Sodexho Marriot Services)
  • Clinical Researcher (Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital)
  • Nutritionist (WIC)
  • Clinical Dietitian (Johnston Memorial Hospital)
  • Director of Food Service(St. Joseph's Hospital)
  • Business Owner (Propel Health)
  • Dietitian (Heritage Christian Services)
  • Instructor (Trinity College)


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