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Dietitian and Nutritionist

Dietitians and nutritionists typically do the following: 

  • Explain nutrition issues
  • Assess patients’ and clients’ health needs and diet
  • Develop meal plans, taking both cost and clients’ preferences into account
  • Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
  • Promote better nutrition by giving talks to groups about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases
  • Keep up with the latest nutritional science research​

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
4+ Year Degree

City Colleges Program Options

Culinary Arts

Biological Sciences Focus

Nature of the Work

​Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs, supervise meal preparation, and oversee the serving of meals. They prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. For example, dietitians might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals, or create a diet reduced in fat and sugar for an overweight patient.

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

​Dietitians and nutritionists need at least a bachelor's degree. Licensure, certification, or registration requirements vary by state.

Future Trends

​Average employment growth is projected. Applicants with specialized training, an advanced degree, or certifications beyond the particular state's minimum requirement should enjoy the best job opportunities.

Career Pathways

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