Dietitians and Nutritionists

General Information

Description

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit45.31%
  2. Private, not for profit22.62%
  3. State and local government20.97%
  4. Self-employed6.55%
  5. Federal government4.20%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 5,900 openings for dietitians and nutritionists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$63,090

Military salary*

$98,082

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$82,200
$46,540
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post baccalaureate 53%
  • Master's degree 33%
  • Bachelor's degree 10%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Biology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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