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Approximately 59,740 dietitians and nutritionists are employed in the United States. Many kinds of government and private organizations hire dietitians, and the variety of career opportunities continue to increase. There are opportunities in hospitals, schools of all levels, community health programs, day care centers, correctional facilities, health clubs, weight-management clinics, health management organizations, nursing homes, government organizations, food-service companies, food equipment manufacturers, sports teams, pharmaceutical companies, and grocery store chains, to name a few. Among the large organizations that need dietitians are the armed forces, which have to feed their personnel as well and as inexpensively as possible. In addition, dietitians and nutritionists can work in private practice, running their own consulting businesses or working in a group practice.

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