Dietitians/Nutritionists plan nutrition programs for large groups such as hospitals and nursing facilities, and for individuals with special needs, such as people with diabetes or high blood pressure. They also educate people about the need for and ways to achieve proper nutrition. There are many specific areas of this field that work with particular population groups.
Salary Range: $36,470 – $82,410
Salary Notes: Salary depends on setting and experience. The highest salaries are found for those in consultation and business, food and nutrition management, education and research, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition. The annual mean wage is $57,910.
Where you can study:
Boston University, Boston MA
Framingham State University, Framingham, MA
Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI
Keene State College, Keene, NH
University of Connecticut – Department of Nutritional Sciences, Storrs, CT
University of Maine, Orono, Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Orono, ME
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
University of Vermont Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Burlington, VT
Where you might work:
– Clinics – Company Cafeterias – Day Care Centers – Health Clubs – Home Health Agencies – Hospitals – Nursing Facilities – Physician Offices – Private Practice – Public Health/Government Agencies – Research Labs – Schools
Job Outlook: Employment of dietitians is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2024 as a result of increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will increase the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in nursing homes, schools, prisons, community health programs and home health care agencies.
Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should include college prep classes in sciences, math, and communication. Dietitians must obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and complete a supervised internship. They must also pass the Registered Examination for Dietitians to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 800-877-0877
American Society for Nutrition 240-428-3650