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  • Dietician

  • Registered dietitians educate patients about nutrition and administer medical nutrition therapy as part of the health care team. They may also manage food service operations and oversee everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.

    Places of practice

    • Hospitals or other health care facilities
    • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
    • Food and nutrition related businesses and industries
    • Private practice
    • Community and public health settings
    • Universities and medical centers
    • Research areas 

    Educational requirements:

    • Complete a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college, and course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association.
    • Complete a CADE accredited or approved supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency, or a food service corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
    • Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
    • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

    Educational programs:

    For additional educational programs visit the American Dietetic Association online.

    Professional organizations: