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
05.29.2017
PRN Dietitian position. Includes every third weekend on-call. JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the Clinical Dietitian is to provide the highest quality of service at all times. Other responsibilities include screening and assessing the...
02.07.2017
Provides optimal nutritional care by effectively identifying age specific patient needs, assessing nutritional status, designing appropriate care plans and monitoring to maximize clinical outcomes. Provides evidence-based nutritional information...
05.29.2017
Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
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...
03.29.2017
Assess nutrition status of patient and, based on this evaluation, plans, implements and evaluates appropriate cost-effective nutrition care of clients. Teach informational classes. Help coordinate the bariatric...
05.29.2017
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1963799 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...
05.29.2017
Bachelors degree is required Certification/Licensure/Registration MN licensure required prior to start JOB SUMMARY The Dietitian is responsible for the evaluation of individual patient's nutritional needs, communicating nutritional...
05.29.2017
Bachelors degree is required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Dietitian is responsible for the evaluation of individual patient's nutritional needs, communicating nutritional information to medical staff/other health team...
05.12.2017
Bachelor's Degree required; Master's preferred Registered & licensed in Ohio as a Registered Dietitian
05.24.2017
RC Hospital & Clinics is currently accepting applications for a consulting or part-time Registered Dietitian. The primary responsibility of the RD is to provide consultations and review ADA clinical diets as needed for acute care and swing...
05.29.2017
Plan and deliver nutritional care of patients in accordance with the physician's diagnosis and requirements of regulatory agencies. Functions as a member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team to develop implement and evaluate patient's...
05.29.2017
Plan and deliver nutritional care of patients in accordance with the physician's diagnosis and requirements of regulatory agencies. Functions as a member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team to develop implement and evaluate patient's...
05.29.2017
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...
05.29.2017
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...
05.29.2017
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...
  1. DIETITIAN Stillwater, OK Stillwater Medical Center
    PRN Dietitian position. Includes every third weekend on-call. JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the Clinical Dietitian is to provide the highest quality of service at all times. Other responsibilities include screening and assessing the...
  2. Dietitian Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Provides optimal nutritional care by effectively identifying age specific patient needs, assessing nutritional status, designing appropriate care plans and monitoring to maximize clinical outcomes. Provides evidence-based nutritional information...
  3. Dietitian Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
  4. 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...
  5. Dietitian Cedar Rapids, IA UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital
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  6. Dietitian Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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  7. Dietitian Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Bachelors degree is required Certification/Licensure/Registration MN licensure required prior to start JOB SUMMARY The Dietitian is responsible for the evaluation of individual patient's nutritional needs, communicating nutritional...
  8. Dietitian Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Bachelors degree is required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Dietitian is responsible for the evaluation of individual patient's nutritional needs, communicating nutritional information to medical staff/other health team...
  9. Clinical Dietitian Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    Bachelor's Degree required; Master's preferred Registered & licensed in Ohio as a Registered Dietitian
  10. Registered Dietitian Olivia, MN RC Hospital & Clinics
    RC Hospital & Clinics is currently accepting applications for a consulting or part-time Registered Dietitian. The primary responsibility of the RD is to provide consultations and review ADA clinical diets as needed for acute care and swing...
  11. Clinical Dietitian Jackson, MS Baptist Health Systems
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  12. Clinical Dietitian Jackson, MS Baptist Health Systems
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  14. Clinical Dietitian Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
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