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Dietitian Jobs and How To Become One

Updated on March 23, 2011

If you have an interest in nutrition, and enjoy working with people, you might enjoy a career as a dietitian. Dietitians are well organized, have good problem solving skills, and have a desire to improve the health of their clients. A career as a dietitian is both challenging and rewarding.

Dietitians may work with individuals orĀ  groups. They work in hospitals, nursing homes, seniors' centers, penal institutions, educational facilities and the armed forces.

Dietitians must understand the science of nutrition and how if affects health and disease. They apply this understanding to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Dietitians create menus for specific groups and individuals and give dietary advice when needed.

If you are interested in becoming a dietitian and are still in high school, it would be advisable to get some experience volunteering in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and any other area where nutrition is a concern. Take courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer sciences and communication.

After graduating from High School, dietitians are required to get at least a Bachelor's Degree. This degree should cover such subjects as dietetics, statistics, biochemistry, systems management, physiology and nutrition.

Be aware that most states require at least a license on order to practice, although this varies from state to state, as does the need for certification. Certification generally requires a period of internship. Even if licensing and certification are not specifically required, they are desirable to have as they attest to your level of knowledge and skill.

If you wish to advance in the field of dietetics, you would require a Masters Degree. Those with Masters Degrees can move up into positions in management and research. As with any career, it is always wise to get the best education you can, so inquire of your local Colleges and Universities regarding training programs available. Chose the one that will best prepare you for the future you desire.

With an increasing awareness of nutrition and its affect on general health, longevity, and disease, the need for dietitians is increasing. This is a well paid profession with an excellent future.


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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much for your comments - I am so pleased that you find the article useful - B.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I teach a College & Careers course for high school sophomores and this is just the kind of article that I like to share with them. Well done!

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      doodlebugs 8 years ago

      Great information for those seeking a new job in these tough times.