Dietetic technicians help assess, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition services and programs for hospitals, schools, businesses and others. They usually work as members of health care teams and are supervised by a registered dietitian and/or administrator.
Depending on their work setting, dietetic technicians:
• obtain and evaluate patients’ diet histories.
• help patients plan meals within their food budgets and prescribed diets.
• counsel individuals or groups at risk for poor nutrition.
• assist with the food service operations.
• develop and/or test nutritional products.
• arrange for the purchase and storage of food, supplies and equipment.
• supervise food production and service, including quality control, sanitation
• use computers to calculate payroll, record laboratory data and verify diet orders.
Average Salary Range
$22,000 – $38,000
Students interested in becoming dietetic technicians should take well-rounded course work in high school, including
science, English and business. Most employers prefer applicants who are graduates of a two-year associate’s degree
program approved by the American Dietetic Association. To be registered, graduates also must pass an exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
American Dietetic Association
Attn: Membership Recruitment
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-800-877-1600, ext. 4844
The American Society for Clinical Nutrition
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3998