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

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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
09.06.2017
Casual (less than 32 hours every two weeks) position available. Day shift. The Dietitian will play a vital role in the healthcare team by providing nutritional care to patients in various disease states and conditions. The Dietitian will...
09.22.2017
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...
09.22.2017
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...
09.22.2017
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...
09.22.2017
Plans and delivers nutrition care for patients of any age including infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric. Performs nutrition assessment and care planning and provides education to individuals and groups on medical nutrition therapy....
09.22.2017
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...
08.10.2017
CLINICAL DIETITIAN-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES
09.22.2017
A dietitian to work with a multidisciplinary team with the goal of achieving optimal glycemic control in patients with diabetes. Conducts nutritional assessments and provide ongoing education to patients with diabetes in the clinic setting.
09.22.2017
Provides of optimal nutrition care of the bariatric surgery patient across the continuum of care. Essential Responsibilities: Performs initial nutrition assessment and preoperative education as well as participates in the screening of...
09.22.2017
Clinical Dietitian BS/RD: Provide nutritional services in the form of nutrition assessments, education and medical nutrition therapy for all ages to McLeod Dillon. Provide on-going nutrition by collaborating with other disciplines on the health...
09.22.2017
Supports Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Manages the nutritional care, support, and education for inpatients and outpatients ranging from pediatric to geriatrics and participates as the...
09.12.2017
In this position, the Clinical Dietitian plans and coordinates patient nutrition care including counseling patients and/or caregivers on diet and nutrition; participating in specialty clinics or programs; and promoting nutrition and the hospital...
09.21.2017
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05.15.2017
Member Sign In | Not a Member? Join Now! Home Job Search By Category By Location All Open Jobs Registered Dietitian / SW Dietary / PRN Overview Date Posted: 5/15/2017 Job Code: 0020.DietPRN Location: LGMC...
09.22.2017
Clinical Dietitian Pediatric Subspecialists The primary responsibility of the Clinical Dietitians is to support our physicians, by providing nutritional services in the form of nutrition assessments, education, and medical nutrition therapy,...
  1. Clinical Dietitian Fergus Falls, MN Lake Region Healthcare
    Casual (less than 32 hours every two weeks) position available. Day shift. The Dietitian will play a vital role in the healthcare team by providing nutritional care to patients in various disease states and conditions. The Dietitian will...
  2. Registered Dietitian Hammond, LA North Oaks Health System
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  3. Dietitian (PP) Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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  4. Clinical Dietitian Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
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  5. Clinical Dietitian Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
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  6. Clinical Dietitian - Pediatrics Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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    CLINICAL DIETITIAN-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES
  8. Clinical Dietitian - Medication Therapy Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
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  9. Bariatric Dietitian Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  10. Clinical Dietitian BS/RD Florence, SC McLeod Health
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  11. CLINICAL DIETITIAN (CAP I) Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
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  12. Clinical Dietitian Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
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  13. CLINICAL DIETITIAN II - OUTPATIENT NUTRITION SUPPORT Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
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  14. Registered Dietitian / SW Dietary / PRN Lafayette, LA Lafayette General Health
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