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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
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06.17.2019
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06.17.2019
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04.26.2019
This position will start July 1, 2019 and is time limited for one year. The Clinical Dietitian II works closely with the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the Outpatient UNCH Medical Weight Program to coordinate evidence informed medical...
06.17.2019
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06.17.2019
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