Clinical dietitians assess the nutritional needs of patients after consulting with physicians and other health care professionals. They plan patient menus and meals as well as instruct patients on proper nutrition and/or dietary restrictions.
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Administrative – Manages dietary department and implements policy and procedure.
Consultant – Works under contract in private and public institutions counseling staff on proper nutrition.
Research – Studies and researches nutrition and dietetics.
Teaching – Plans and teaches dietary and nutritional programs.
Community – Counsels individuals and groups on good nutrition to stay healthy and prevent diseases.
Clinical dietitians work in health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), government departments, home health care agencies and public health organizations. They create menus and plan meals and nutritional requirements, based on an individual’s dietary needs and restrictions. They also provide education on proper nutrition. In a hospital setting, they consult with physicians and other health care personnel to assess the needs of patients. Dietitians may specialize in certain areas and their duties may vary based upon the setting in which they work. Dietitians work in various settings which may include working in cafeterias or kitchens. They also may be on their feet often during a regular work day. Dietitians may work part-time or full-time, although most work about 40 hours a week. Some dietitians may be required to work weekends and holidays.
High school students should study home economics, health, biology, chemistry and mathematics. A bachelor’s degree with a major in dietetics, nutrition, food service systems management, or related field is required. Course work may include nutrition, chemistry, biology, business, mathematics, statistics, computer science, psychology, sociology, and economics. Upon graduation from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), individuals must also have completed a dietetic internship in a hospital and passed an examination to earn the Registered Dietitian credential approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Students may also choose to complete a Master of Science (MS) degree in Dietetics.
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University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL, 60606-6995
312/899-0040 or 800/877-1600
Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI, 54136
920/560-5619 or 888/232-8631
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