Dietitian - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Dietitian

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Job Description

 

Dietitians are essential in designing nutrition programs to protect health, alleviate the symptoms of some types of diseases, and to prevent allergic reactions.

They are the experts in understanding the importance of nutrition as the foundation of good health, from conception to old age.

Clinical dietitians may specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Management of overweight patients

  • Nutritional needs of critically ill patients

  • Dietary demands of patients with kidney disease and diabetes

  • Management of food service departments in areas such as nursing care facilities, small hospitals or correctional facilities

Depending on specialty and their workplace, dietitian can have a wide array of duties that they are responsible for on a regular basis.

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Responsibilities

 

Dietitians focus their attention on the impact that food has on our health. They provide medical nutrition therapy for patients in such settings as hospitals and nursing care facilities.

As a member of the health care team, a dietitian is responsible for assessing the nutritional needs of patients, developing and implementing nutritional programs, and evaluating and reporting on the results of these interventions.

Dietitians work in consultation with doctors and other health care professionals to coordinate dietary needs and medical requirements.

Community registered dietitians (RD) develop nutrition programs that target particular groups of people to promote health and prevent disease.

RDs who work as community dietitians may be employed in settings such as fitness centers, public health clinics, home health agencies or corporate wellness programs.

When working in home health agencies or corporate wellness programs, dietitians provide instruction on grocery shopping and food preparation. Many dietitians focus on education of the elderly or individuals with special needs and children.

Increased public awareness of the importance of nutrition has led to employment opportunities in areas such as food manufacturing, marketing and advertising.

Dietitians working in these areas are generally responsible for analyzing foods, preparing literature for public distribution, or reporting on issues such as the nutritional value of recipes, the amount of dietary fiber a food contains, or efficacy of vitamin supplements.

Dietitians in management roles oversee large-scale meal planning and the preparation of meals in health care facilities, in company cafeterias, in prisons and in schools.These dietitians also hire, train and supervise other dietitians and food service employees.

They are responsible for budgeting for and purchasing food, dietary equipment and necessary supplies. They must enforce sanitary and safety regulations, and prepare expected records and reports.

Some dietitians work under contract as consultants with health care facilities or in their own private practice.

These dietitians perform nutritional assessments for their clients and give them advice about diet-related concerns, such as weight loss or cholesterol reduction.

Other dietitians find employment in wellness programs, supermarkets, sports teams and other businesses related to nutrition.

They often consult with food service managers to provide expertise in safety procedures, sanitation, budgeting, menu development and planning.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Dietitians work to oversee food planning and preparation in a variety of settings. They may work in schools, prisons, health care facilities and company cafeterias to manage nutrition programs.

Dietitians can find employment opportunities in public health agencies where they are instrumental in influencing policies related to health and nutrition.

They also do similar work in universities, where they educate students about nutrition and health. Most dietitians work a standard 40-hour week and are usually based out of an office with time spent in institutional kitchens and in meetings.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
07.21.2017
- Bachelors degree is required MAIN FUNCTION: Prepares patients' nutritional care plans. Performs patient assessments, documents and monitors nutritional care plans through patient meal rounds, visitations. Instructs patient/significant...
11.29.2016
Dietitian (Job ID: 19255) Cedar Rapids St Lukes Hospital FTE: 1.000000; 40 hours per week Shifts: 8:0am - 4:30pm OR 8:30am - 5:00pm Rotating weekends and holidays Inpatient clinical position, focused primarily on Nutrition Care of...
06.28.2017
Unit Description Care Site Description St. James Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization. Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus...
07.06.2017
PART -TIME .7 FTE (28 hrs/wk) Benefit Eligible The Clinical Dietitian leads the processes in place to ensure that the patients' nutritional needs are met. Clinical dietitians plan meals for hospital patients who have special dietary...
07.21.2017
A EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL: 1. Previous Experience Required: Prefer minimum of one year experience as a Registered Dietitian in a hospital type setting. ICU: prefer 2 years of ICU experience and/or CNSC NICU: prefer 2 years experience...
07.21.2017
Bachelor of Science Will conduct screening/assessments of patients and making necessary recommendations on appropriate nutritional intervention with medical staff and patients. Must be a graduate from a BS/Masters program in...
07.21.2017
Responsible for providing our patients with nutritional consults. These consults may be performed at the request of the patient and/or physician. Clinical Dietitian's also perform community education when time permits. Clinical Dietitians...
07.21.2017
Bachelor of Science Will be responsible for comprehensive diabetes education as part of an ADA accredited program. Works on multiple diabetes related grant projects. Daily travel required to outlying clinics/areas. Bachelor's degree in Food...
07.21.2017
At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
07.21.2017
Title: Registered Dietitian Department: Clinical Nutrition Schedule: Per Diem Shift: Day At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they...
07.21.2017
This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by enhancing the health of our patients and community by optimizing nutritional care through education and Medical Nutrition Therapy. The Clinical Dietitian plays an active role...
07.17.2017
TEMPORARY Part-Time .25 FTE (10 hr/wk) The Clinical Dietitian leads the processes in place to ensure that the patients' nutritional needs are met. Clinical dietitians plan meals for hospital patients who have special dietary needs. The...
07.21.2017
EAMC IS SEEKING A CLINICAL DIETITIAN Provides safe therapeutic nutritional care in a comprehensive systematic way. Integrates knowledge, skills and experiences to meet the needs of patients and families throughout the continuum. Utilizes...
02.07.2017
Community Dietitian-Diabetes Center (Job ID: 22180) Dubuque Diabetes Center FTE: 0.200000 This position is located at the Kehl Diabets Center Work Schedule: Work hours will be days, Monday through Friday, for 16 hours per pay period....
07.21.2017
The Clinical Dietitian position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties Performs professional clinical nutrition patient care functions for patients on assigned units Maintains effective communication within the department and with...
  1. Dietitian Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
    - Bachelors degree is required MAIN FUNCTION: Prepares patients' nutritional care plans. Performs patient assessments, documents and monitors nutritional care plans through patient meal rounds, visitations. Instructs patient/significant...
  2. Dietitian Cedar Rapids, IA UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital
    Dietitian (Job ID: 19255) Cedar Rapids St Lukes Hospital FTE: 1.000000; 40 hours per week Shifts: 8:0am - 4:30pm OR 8:30am - 5:00pm Rotating weekends and holidays Inpatient clinical position, focused primarily on Nutrition Care of...
  3. Dietitian Butte, MT St James - SCL Health
    Unit Description Care Site Description St. James Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization. Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus...
  4. Clinical Dietitian Willmar, MN Rice Memorial Hospital
    PART -TIME .7 FTE (28 hrs/wk) Benefit Eligible The Clinical Dietitian leads the processes in place to ensure that the patients' nutritional needs are met. Clinical dietitians plan meals for hospital patients who have special dietary...
  5. Registered Dietitian Hammond, LA North Oaks Health System
    A EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL: 1. Previous Experience Required: Prefer minimum of one year experience as a Registered Dietitian in a hospital type setting. ICU: prefer 2 years of ICU experience and/or CNSC NICU: prefer 2 years experience...
  6. Dietitian (PP) Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Bachelor of Science Will conduct screening/assessments of patients and making necessary recommendations on appropriate nutritional intervention with medical staff and patients. Must be a graduate from a BS/Masters program in...
  7. Clinical Dietitian Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    Responsible for providing our patients with nutritional consults. These consults may be performed at the request of the patient and/or physician. Clinical Dietitian's also perform community education when time permits. Clinical Dietitians...
  8. Dietitian (Exempt) Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Bachelor of Science Will be responsible for comprehensive diabetes education as part of an ADA accredited program. Works on multiple diabetes related grant projects. Daily travel required to outlying clinics/areas. Bachelor's degree in Food...
  9. Registered Dietitian Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
  10. Registered Dietitian Brighton, MA Franciscan Hospital for Children
    Title: Registered Dietitian Department: Clinical Nutrition Schedule: Per Diem Shift: Day At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they...
  11. Clinical Dietitian Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by enhancing the health of our patients and community by optimizing nutritional care through education and Medical Nutrition Therapy. The Clinical Dietitian plays an active role...
  12. Clinical Dietitian (TEMPORARY) Willmar, MN Rice Memorial Hospital
    TEMPORARY Part-Time .25 FTE (10 hr/wk) The Clinical Dietitian leads the processes in place to ensure that the patients' nutritional needs are met. Clinical dietitians plan meals for hospital patients who have special dietary needs. The...
  13. CLINICAL DIETITIAN - CLINICAL NUTRITION Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
    EAMC IS SEEKING A CLINICAL DIETITIAN Provides safe therapeutic nutritional care in a comprehensive systematic way. Integrates knowledge, skills and experiences to meet the needs of patients and families throughout the continuum. Utilizes...
  14. Community Dietitian-Diabetes Center Dubuque, IA UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
    Community Dietitian-Diabetes Center (Job ID: 22180) Dubuque Diabetes Center FTE: 0.200000 This position is located at the Kehl Diabets Center Work Schedule: Work hours will be days, Monday through Friday, for 16 hours per pay period....
  15. Clinical Dietitian - Pediatrics Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Clinical Dietitian position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties Performs professional clinical nutrition patient care functions for patients on assigned units Maintains effective communication within the department and with...