About Dietetics

DIETETICS
(DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETETICS)

 The Didactic Program in Dietetics is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for students who want to pursue a dietetic internship resulting in the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.  Course requirements are designed to meet ACEND accreditation requirements (www.eatright.org/acend).  To become a RD, you must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and complete requirements for an accredited dietetics program; complete an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship; and pass the national registration examination for dietitians.

Careers

Dietetics is a diverse field, with practitioners employed in a variety of settings.  The primary areas of practice include clinical dietetics, community nutrition, nutrition and foodservice management, and education and research.  Current information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates growth in all areas of nutrition and dietetics.  The Workforce Demand Study completed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration indicates an increase in need for credentialed Registered Dietitians from 2010-2020.  The report projects an annual increase in demand for all dietetics services.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics is specifically designed to not only meet accreditation requirements, but the knowledge and skills incorporated into the program meet the needs of the workforce.

Career Opportunities

  • „„Clinical dietitian in hospital or other health care facility
  • Consultant dietitian
  • Community dietitian with the Women, Infants
    and Children Program
  • „„Public health dietitian
  • Dietetics educator
  • „„Researcher with food or pharmaceutical companies
    or university
  • Sports nutritionist for college and professional teams
  • Corporate wellness dietitian
  • „„Cooperative extension agent
  • „„Public relations and marketing in food and nutritionrelated
    businesses
  • Product development in food and nutrition-related
    businesses
  • „Food service director in a hospital, school district,
    day care, etc.
  • Caterer
  • Food buyer or distributor
  • Food and drug inspector

Occupational Profile