Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts employed in a wide variety of roles and settings aiding in the health and wellness of their communities and clients. Specific roles that you can look into if you are interested in becoming a dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) include the following:
Consultant Dietitians-work under contract with healthcare facilities such as; hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, etc.
Clinical Dietitians- provide medical nutritional therapy for patients in hospitals, physician offices, and other locations including private practices.
Sports Dietitians-work with recreational and competitive athletes, including sports teams.
Community Dietitians- counsel groups and individuals on nutritional practices designed to promote good health and prevent disease.
Management Dietitians- oversee large-scale meal planning and preparation in healthcare facilities, business and industry, and colleges and universities.
Wellness Dietitians- work with corporate wellness programs helping to promote and teach good health through nutritional practices.
Private Practice Dietitians- counsel individuals and groups on good nutrition to improve health and help heal disease, as well as prevent disease from starting. This allows for a more customized approach to each client she/he sees.
Educational Dietitians- teach dietetic students, nurses, doctors, and others about nutrition in higher education programs.