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Dietetics and Nutrition

Dietetic Technician

Career data updated last on 8/19/2014
Dietetic Technician Dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of health care and foodservice management teams that prepare meals on a large scale, such as hospitals and schools. Those working in nutritional care interview patients and evaluate their diet histories, help patients at home plan and prepare meals on a budget, and help patients in hospitals choose menus that meet their dietary needs. Technicians in food service management may work with the food service operation of programs for the elderly or child care centers.
Salary $11.63- hourly $24,190-annually
Significant Points Projected 2006-16 employment change will be faster than average. Salary level varies with region, employment setting, geographical location, scope of responsibility and supply of DTRs.
Work Environment Technicians may be employed by hospitals, public health nutrition programs, long-term care facilities, school lunch programs, nutrition programs for the elderly or food service management firms. They may also work at health clubs, weight management clinics, and community wellness centers, helping to educate clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health. Other settings include food companies, contract food management companies, or food vending and distributing operations developing menus, overseeing foodservice sanitation, and preparing food labeling information and nutrient analysis. Dietetic technicians, registered, work independently or in teams with registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, foodservice and research. Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR.
High School Prep High school diploma or equivalent; courses in mathematics, biology and chemistry recommended.
Academic Requirements Dietetic technicians generally complete at least a two-year associate's degree at a US regionally accredited college or university, which includes a variety of classes in food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management and a range of general science courses. They must then complete a dietetic technician program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), including 450 hours of supervised practice experience in various community programs, health care, and food-service facilities. Next pass a national, written examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to become Registered Dietetic Technicians (DTR). Finally DTRs must complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.


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