Diet clerks are responsible for completing general cleaning, maintenance, and sanitation of the work area. They serve meals to patients and assist in various processes related to the preparation and delivery of meals. They mark tallies of specific foods, such as vegetables and meats to be prepared in the kitchen, and prepare dietary information for use by kitchen personnel to prepare foods for hospital patients. Diet clerks earn a median sum of $28,000 annually or $13 per hour.
Diet clerks perform various duties, and as such, they possess a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. Their responsibilities may include assisting with preparing tasks, completing general cleaning, maintenance, and sanitation of the work area. They process new diets and changes, as required, and prepare formula and memorable meals to unit pantries. They also follow standards established by dietitians to prepare portions for patients based on diet orders.
In terms of academic qualifications, diet clerks hold at least an associate's degree in food science, clinical nutrition, or other relevant fields. They typically work under the supervision of a dietitian and are expected to have good communication and interpersonal skills as well as in-depth knowledge of diet and nutrition.