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Become A Registered Dietician

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Working As A Registered Dietician

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $59,750

    Average Salary

What Does A Registered Dietician Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Directs dietary care of patients and residents with basic nutrition needs including screening, assessment and care planning to ensure patient dietary needs and customer satisfaction levels are met.
* Educates medical staff and counsels patients/residents and their families on proper nutritional care.
* Manages and promotes food and nutrition programs according to Sodexho standards and policy.
* Collaborates and communicates with culinary and clinical departments on established processes, nutrition care, special diets and menu requests.
* Stays current with most recent nutrition-related trends, research, policy, certifications and standards of practice.
* Probes potential problems and apprises manager of status on resolution of problems or issues, using appropriate Sodexho resource when necessary.
* Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations as well as Sodexho/client policies and procedures (e.g.
* HIPPA/Privacy Act, quality assurance, safety, operations, personnel).
* Establishes operating standards, implements quality improvements and communicates them to other departments

What Does A Registered Dietician Do At Bayada

* Making home visits to clients in designated geographic territories.
* Planning, organizing, and conducting dietetic education for our staff, clients, and caregivers.
* Assessing, developing, and counseling clients and families on medical nutrition therapy for preventative care and disease management.
* Providing reliable, objective information and education to individuals and families in a home health care setting.
* Translating the latest scientific findings and information so that it is easy for our staff, clients, and caregivers to understand and put into practice.
* Thorough documentation of clinical treatment through use of electronic medical records.
* Ability to function as a member of the home health care team with expertise in nutritional care

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How To Become A Registered Dietician

Most dietitians and nutritionists have a bachelor’s degree and have completed supervised training through an internship. Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed.


Most dietitians and nutritionists have a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related area. Dietitians also may study food service systems management. Programs include courses in nutrition, psychology, chemistry, and biology.

Many dietitians and nutritionists have advanced degrees.


Dietitians and nutritionists typically receive several hundred hours of supervised training, usually in the form of an internship following graduation from college. Some dietetics schools offer coordinated programs in dietetics that allow students to complete supervised training as part of their undergraduate or graduate-level coursework.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed in order to practice. Other states require only state registration or certification to use certain titles, and a few states have no regulations for this occupation.

The requirements for state licensure and state certification vary by state, but most include having a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition or a related area, completing supervised practice, and passing an exam.

Many dietitians choose to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Although the RDN is not always required, the qualifications are often the same as those necessary for becoming a licensed dietitian in states that require a license. Many employers prefer or require the RDN, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The RDN requires dietitian nutritionists to complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a Dietetic Internship (DI), which consists of at least 1,200 hours of supervised experience. Students may complete both criteria at once through a coordinated program, or they may finish their required coursework before applying for an internship. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In order to maintain the RDN credential, dietitians and nutritionists who have earned it must complete 75 continuing professional education credits every 5 years.

Nutritionists may earn the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential to show an advanced level of knowledge. The CNS credential is accepted in several states for licensure purposes. To qualify for the credential, applicants must have a master’s or doctoral degree, complete 1,000 hours of experience, and pass an exam. The credential is administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.

Dietitians and nutritionists may seek additional certifications in an area of specialty. The Commission on Dietetic Registration offers specialty certifications in oncology nutrition, renal nutrition, gerontological nutrition, pediatric nutrition, and sports dietetics.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must keep up to date with the latest food and nutrition research. They should be able to interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice.

Compassion. Dietitians and nutritionists must be caring and empathetic when helping clients address health and dietary issues and any related emotions.

Listening skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must listen carefully to understand clients’ goals and concerns. They may work with other healthcare workers as part of a team to improve the health of a patient, and they need to listen to team members when constructing eating plans.

Organizational skills. Because there are many aspects to the work of dietitians and nutritionists, they should be able to stay organized. Management dietitians, for example, must consider the nutritional needs of their clients, the costs of meals, and access to food.

Problem-solving skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must evaluate the health status of patients and determine the most appropriate food choices for a client to improve his or her overall health or manage a disease.

Speaking skills. Dietitians and nutritionists must explain complicated topics in a way that people with less technical knowledge can understand. They must be able to clearly explain eating plans to clients and to other healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care.

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Registered Dietician Demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese


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Registered Dietician Education


    • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

    • Liberty University

    • University of Texas at Austin

    • Western Illinois University

    • University of Connecticut

    • Tuskegee University

    • State University of New York Buffalo

    • Lindenwood University

    • Ohio State University

    • North Dakota State University -

    • University of Houston

    • Wayne State University

    • Jefferson College of Health Sciences

    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    • Mississippi State University

    • Saint Mary's College of California

    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center

    • Bellevue College

    • Creighton University

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    • Bachelors

    • Masters

    • Other

    • Doctorate

    • Associate

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Real Registered Dietician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Registered Dietician Westgate Premier Healthcare Services, Inc. San Jose, CA May 01, 2009 $66,560
Registered Dietician Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jun 27, 2012 $65,000
Registered Dietician Healthcare Services Group, Inc. NJ May 31, 2013 $61,000
Registered Dietician Healthcare Service Group, Inc. NJ May 31, 2010 $61,000
Registered Dietician NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville, LLC Hyattsville, MD Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Registered Dietician Fixeat Nutrition and Health Riverside, CT Sep 20, 2010 $55,000
Registered Dietician Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $53,082
Registered Dietician Whitestone Healthcare Brenham, TX May 01, 2013 $53,000
Clinical Supervisor-Registered Dietician Northeast Valley Health Corporation-WIC Program CA Oct 10, 2010 $52,500
Registered Dietician Community Seniorserv Anaheim, CA Feb 19, 2010 $51,549
Clinical Registered & Licensed Dietician Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Columbus, OH Jun 11, 2013 $50,568
Registered Dietician Devida USA, LLC Beverly Hills, CA Oct 01, 2011 $50,000
Registered Dietician (Safety) Napa State Hospital Napa, CA Jul 31, 2011 $47,916 -
Registered Dietician Chen Medical Miami Lakes, Inc. Pembroke Pines, FL Nov 05, 2013 $45,500
Registered Dietician Chen Medical Miami Lakes, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 31, 2013 $45,500
Registered Dietician Keith & Associates, Inc. El Paso, TX Dec 24, 2015 $43,243

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Top Skills for A Registered Dietician

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Top Registered Dietician Skills

  1. RD
  2. Diabetes
  3. Total Cholesterol
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated implementation of seven weekly classes on nutrition and weight loss.
  • Prevent and treat Diabetes by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications.
  • Complete Initial and annual assessments and care plans.
  • Observed individualized nutritional assessments for patients with special dietary plans
  • Studied psychological impact of diabetes on home life, lifestyle and work environment Compiled lists of suggested behavioral modifications for patients

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