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
12.13.2017
Licensed as a RDN with the Idaho State Medical Board. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), utilizes the nutrition care process to assess the nutritional status and dietary requirements of patients in the acute setting, develops and...
12.12.2017
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 monitor, assess, and optimize nutrition status based on the patient's current...
12.13.2017
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...
12.13.2017
Bachelor's of Science The Clinical Dietitian, RD, coordinates the patient's nutritional care through documentation and communication with physicians, nurses, nutrition services personnel, patients and their families/care givers. The Clinical...
12.13.2017
College Graduate (BS/BA) required The Clinical Dietitian will conduct nutrition assessment, monitoring and intervention on early adult to late adult patients on oral diets and on enteral or parenteral nutrition. Assist manager in compliance of...
12.13.2017
We are looking for a Dietitian to add to our health system! 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...
12.13.2017
We are looking for a Dietitian to add to our health system! 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...
12.13.2017
The Clinical Dietitian assumes leadership in coordinating all phases of nutrition care including nutrition assessments, interventions, monitoring, education of hospitalized patients and outpatients in a variety of settings. Identifies and...
10.30.2017
Description Role Purpose: The Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy for hospital patients and affiliated hospital programs. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively using verbal and written means with...
12.13.2017
The Clinical Dietitian coordinates all phases of nutrition care including nutrition assessment, care planning, monitoring, education and counseling of hospitalized patients and outpatients in a variety of settings. Performs duties in support of...
12.13.2017
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...
12.13.2017
Interacts as a member of the patient focused care team, uses the nutrition care process (nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring/evaluation) in determining nutrition interventions for patients across the continuum of care....
08.10.2017
CLINICAL DIETITIAN-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES
12.13.2017
- Clinical Dietitian PRN (1870) (7422-1870) Job Description Clinical Dietitian PRN (1870)-7422-1870 Bolivar Medical Center Description Plans and delivers nutritional care to patients according to the physicians diagnoses. Performs as a...
12.13.2017
Under the direct supervision of the Clinical Nutrition Manager, the clinical dietitian performs quality medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Will follow set Standards of Care for both settings. In...
  1. Dietitian Gooding, ID North Canyon Medical Center
    Licensed as a RDN with the Idaho State Medical Board. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), utilizes the nutrition care process to assess the nutritional status and dietary requirements of patients in the acute setting, develops and...
  2. Clinical Dietitian Fergus Falls, MN Lake Region Healthcare
    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 monitor, assess, and optimize nutrition status based on the patient's current...
  3. Registered Dietitian Hammond, LA North Oaks Health System
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  4. CLINICAL DIETITIAN Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    Bachelor's of Science The Clinical Dietitian, RD, coordinates the patient's nutritional care through documentation and communication with physicians, nurses, nutrition services personnel, patients and their families/care givers. The Clinical...
  5. Clinical Dietitian Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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  6. Dietitian II Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
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  8. Clinical Dietitian Coeur d'Alene, ID Kootenai Health
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  9. Dietitian Centralia, IL SSM Health Illinois
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  10. Clinical Dietitian Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
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  12. Clinical Dietitian St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
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  13. CLINICAL DIETITIAN-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    CLINICAL DIETITIAN-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES
  14. Clinical Dietitian PRN (1870) Cleveland, MS Bolivar Medical Center
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