"food trays," "food service," and "food preparation" aren't the only skills we found dietary assistants list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of dietary assistant responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a dietary assistant. We found that 26.0% of dietary assistants have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 1.6% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some dietary assistants have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every three dietary assistants were not college graduates.
Those dietary assistants who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a general studies degree. Less commonly earned degrees for dietary assistants include a nursing degree or a health care administration degree.
Once you're ready to become a dietary assistant, you should explore the companies that typically hire dietary assistants. According to dietary assistant resumes that we searched through, dietary assistants are hired the most by Capital Senior Living, Prestige Care, and Universal Health Services. Currently, Capital Senior Living has 28 dietary assistant job openings, while there are 18 at Prestige Care and 16 at Universal Health Services.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, dietary assistants tend to earn the biggest salaries at Woodside, Fairview Health Services, and Capital Senior Living. Take Woodside for example. The median dietary assistant salary is $33,650. At Fairview Health Services, dietary assistants earn an average of $30,888, while the average at Capital Senior Living is $28,968. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a dietary assistant include Genesis HealthCare, Sodexo Operations LLC, and Brookdale Senior Living. These three companies were found to hire the most dietary assistants from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.