Dietetic Technician

 Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Dietetic Technicians, also commonly known as "Diet Techs", work under the supervision of Registered Dietitians when performing clinical dietetics. They have an in-depth knowledge of nutrition. They assist in planning menus based on an individual’s dietary needs and restrictions as well as educating individuals on proper nutrition.
  • They also work with medical patients who have special dietary needs. They record their diet history and evaluate their eating habits.
  • They also give educational materials that will help people select and prepare foods that will meet their nutritional needs yet follow the dietary restrictions prescribed by their physicians.
  • Dietetic Technicians work in healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing, homes, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), government departments, homes health care agencies, and public health organizations.
  • They may work in various other settings as well, such as cafeterias or kitchens, school food services, Adult/Child Day Care, Wellness and Fitness Programs, or Weight Maintenance Programs.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Dietetic Technicians like the diversity of their work and helping many different people.
  • They also enjoy organizing and supervising food preparation activities and take pride in the foods they serve.
  • Are often on their feet on a regular workday.
  • Can be a challenge dealing with some patients who do not appreciate the importance of dietary restrictions placed on them by their physicians. 

 

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