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Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and Nutritionists
Quick Facts : Dietitians and Nutritionists*
2010 Median Pay$53,250
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201264,400
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change12,700

Dieticians and nutritionists are experts in food properties and how they affect health and nutrition. They provide advice for people on the types of diets and eating habits to follow in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or a specific health-related goal.

What Dietitians and Nutritionists Do

  • Explain nutrition issues
  • Assess patients' and clients' health needs and diet
  • Develop meal plans, taking both cost and clients' preferences into account
  • Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
  • Keep up with the latest nutritional science research

Work Environment

Dietitians and nutritionists work in many settings, including hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, and schools. Some are self-employed with their own practice.
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Job Outlook

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of dietitians and nutritionists in May 2010 was $53,250.
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Becoming a Dietitians and Nutritionists

Most dietitians and nutritionists have earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Programs include courses in nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and biology.
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