A dietitian is a nutrition expert who helps promote a healthy lifestyle through proper eating habits. Before a person becomes a registered dietitian, they must complete a bachelor’s degree, take an internship, and pass a licensure exam. A dietitian may take additional courses to specialize in specific areas including:
- The clinical dietitian can be found working not only in hospitals but also in facilities with nursing care. The dietitian works with healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers) to coordinate a patient’s medical findings and nutritional requirements. A dietitian works in a medical nutrition therapy for patients. A clinical dietitian can work in the management of overweight or critically ill patients, patients with kidney disease or diabetes. The clinical dietitian also assists in the management of food service departments.
- The community dietitian works with health organizations around the world, public health groups, day care centers, resorts, health clubs, and clubs to develop an effective nutrition program. This dietitian advises an individual or group of individuals to educate them on proper and nutritional habits that will aid in disease prevention. Community dietitians may also work with some home health agencies, visit, and advise a household on the proper grocery shopping procedure. While doing so, the dietitian also informs the home about what and how to prepare food for the elderly, children, and people with special needs. The home visit is also performed by a dietitian for patients who are seriously ill and unable to attend the consultation at the center or facility.
- The Gerontological dietitian is specialized in the elaboration of a dietary and nutritional plan for the elderly. This dietitian works in nursing homes and care facilities.
- The pediatric dietitian gives health advice to young people under 18 years of age.
- The food service dietitian is involved in planning and providing meals for large numbers of people, such as in schools, cafeterias, restaurants, and prisons. Part of this job for dietitians is to evaluate, plan, and coordinate food services and processes with a healthcare facility. A foodservice dietitian also handles the nutrition and operational management of the kitchen and delivery staff, including attendants and attendants.
- The Research Dietitian is involved in research related to diet, food, and nutrition. These investigations are generally conducted in hospitals and research facilities to understand aspects of food provision and preparation that are critical to the health of the patient. The research dietitian also works on how the quality of dietetics can be improved.
- The consulting dietitian may work in private practice or contract with health care associations and facilities. The dietitian examines a client according to their nutritional concerns, provides essential advice on diet-related concerns, such as losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels.
- The administrative dietitian manages a dietetic department.
- The corporate dietitian works in companies that manufacture food, offer nutritional supplements, and supplies used in tube feeding.