Dietetic Technicians

Dietetic technicians work in hospitals, nursing homes, public health nutritional programs, food companies, and other institutional settings that require food-service management and nutritional-care services. They usually work under the direction of a dietitian or nutritionist as members of a team. The two basic types of work for technicians are food-service administration and clinical nutrition. There are approximately 26,420 dietetic technicians employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Serve as administrative assistant to dietitians; help plan menus; complete paperwork; supervise staff and train new employees; develop recipes; write diet plans for patients; track food items and supplies and order as needed; oversee food preparations; inspect equipment used in food preparations; assist with community education nutrition programs
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; highest employment levels in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Detroit
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
Experience Two years' experience
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Dietitian
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Dietitian Aide
  • Dietitian Intern

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