Military Dietitians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Dietitians are experts in human nutrition and the regulation of diet. In the Military, they are responsible for managing medical food service facilities, identifying nutrition problems, developing diet plans, and counseling patients on special diet modifications.

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Work Environment

Dietitians work in hospitals, clinics, and aboard ships.

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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Dietitians in the Military

132

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Salary

Average Salary

$98,082

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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%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Dietitians typically have a graduate degree in nutrition science. Job training for dietitians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments, and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials), which may require additional education, training, or experience. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development.

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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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