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IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33667Weight Loss CounselorFemale23 $25,000edina, NY01/01/2010

Overview

Dieticians are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about nutrition and food into everyday information about food that can be used to provide practical dietary advice. Their work is important as it promotes good health, which reduces the likelihood of diseases, which directly benefits both individuals and the wider community.

They work to assess, diagnose and treat diet related issues and diseases. These include issues such as digestive problems, gaining or losing weight, eating disorder and food allergies. They can also work closely with athletes who want to improve their sporting performance.

To become a registered Dietician (RD) you must complete an undergraduate, or postgraduate, degree in a related field, and then complete coursework laid out by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the governing board of all dieticians in the United States.

Dieticians may, occasionally, have to work with difficult patients who don?t want to change their lifestyle or eating habits, which can make the job very challenging and tough. They may also have to be on call if they work in healthcare settings, meaning they can work long and unsociable hours.

However, dieticians can also work in settings, such as in private clinics or by becoming self-employed and working for themselves, that offer flexible and desirable working hours.

Dieticians also get to help their patients to develop healthy working habits. These habits can vastly change and improve their patient?s lives, leading to them feeling happier; making it a very fulfilling and rewarding career. What is more, is that dieticians get to work across many different environments and with many different people each day, making the job interesting, special and exciting.

A career as a dietitian is suited to those with excellent interpersonal skills, strong communication and to those who show an ability to motivate and inspire. Dieticians also, obviously, show a keen interest in the impact of diet on health and like to work with scientific information. If this sounds like you, then a career as a dietitian is definitely something to consider?

 


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