Dietetic Technicians

Dietetic technicians work under the supervision of a registered dietitian. They help plan and implement nutritional programs and services in facilities such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals. They counsel and educate individuals and community groups regarding proper nutrition. They develop and prepare nutritional recipes for people that have special dietary needs. Some Dietetic technicians specialize in an area such as food service management or nutritional care.

Dietetic technicians involved with food service management plan meals and menus, oversee the production of meals and ensure quality control and safety standards are being followed. They also order food and supplies.

Nutritional care technicians interview patients and review their medical histories in order to determine their nutritional needs. They help people plan meals that comply with their prescribed diet and they help people stay within their food budget.

Some common job titles are dietary aide, diet clerk, certified dietary manager, diet technician registered, clinical dietetic technician, dietary manager, nutrition technician.


  • Obtain and evaluate an individual's dietary history in order to develop a nutritional program
  • Assist dietitians and nutritionists with food service supervising and planning
  • Monitor patient food intake and report dietary problems and progress to dietician
  • Evaluate recipes and menus and test new products
  • Develop menus and diets
  • Prepare meals and determine group food quantities
  • Help dietitians research food, nutrition and food service systems
  • Determine beverage and food costs and help with implementing cost control procedures

Job Characteristics

Many dietetic technicians work in clean, well-ventilated settings, however some of these technicians work in hot, congested kitchens. They usually work 40 hours a week. Some dietetic technicians have to work during the weekends and on holidays.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth for dietetic technicians is projected to be faster than the average for all occupations from 2008 to 2018. Demand for dietetic technicians will increase due to an increasing emphasis on disease prevention via improved diets and the needs of an aging population and also from an increasing emphasis on health education. In addition, the median annual earnings for dietetic technicians in 2008 was $26,080.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The majority of employers seek candidates that have an associate degree from a community college or a vocational school that has been approved by the American Dietetic Association. Many of these programs include practical experience in a food service facility. These programs blend classroom learning with practical experience. In addition, an individual needs to pass a national examination provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to become certified and registered.


Major Employers

The primary employers are hospitals, school systems, prisons, nursing homes, colleges and universities, home health agencies, long term care facilities, community health centers, food related industries, and research facilities.

Schools for Dietetic Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Dietetic Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Dietetic Technicians jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 40 $-2,222
Birmingham 40 $-2,222
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tucson 80 $20,960
Scottsdale -2222 $27,290
Mesa -2222 $27,290
Phoenix -2222 $27,290
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 80 $23,530
North Little Rock 80 $23,530
Little Rock 80 $23,530
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1350 $32,280
Long Beach 1350 $32,280
Los Angeles 1350 $32,280
San Francisco 560 $46,260
Oakland 560 $46,260
Hayward 560 $46,260
Santa Clara 360 $42,230
Sunnyvale 360 $42,230
San Jose 360 $42,230
San Diego 340 $34,430
Carlsbad 340 $34,430
San Bernardino 260 $30,680
Riverside 260 $30,680
Ontario 260 $30,680
Arden 170 $44,450
Sacramento 170 $44,450
Roseville 170 $44,450
Arcade 170 $44,450
Bakersfield 150 $27,200
Fresno 120 $24,220
Visalia 80 $23,850
Porterville 80 $23,850
Ventura 70 $39,750
Thousand Oaks 70 $39,750
Oxnard 70 $39,750
Santa Barbara 50 $31,270
Santa Maria 50 $31,270
Santa Rosa 50 $38,020
Fairfield 50 $43,140
Vallejo 50 $43,140
Redding 30 $33,900
Lodi -2222 $24,690
Stockton -2222 $24,690
Merced -2222 $35,890
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood -2222 $33,870
Aurora -2222 $33,870
Denver -2222 $33,870
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 220 $27,060
West Hartford 220 $27,060
Hartford 220 $27,060
Stamford 60 $34,550
Norwalk 60 $34,550
Bridgeport 60 $34,550
New Haven -2222 $35,210
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 330 $26,850
Miami 330 $26,850
West Palm Beach 330 $26,850
Clearwater 220 $23,450
St. Petersburg 220 $23,450
Tampa 220 $23,450
Fort Myers 160 $-2,222
Cape Coral 160 $-2,222
Jacksonville 90 $22,680
Kissimmee 60 $24,090
Orlando 60 $24,090
Sanford 60 $24,090
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 530 $26,250
Sandy Springs 530 $26,250
Atlanta 530 $26,250
Macon -2222 $18,260
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 70 $30,070
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 210 $21,850
Peoria 180 $19,830
Decatur 120 $19,840
Springfield 80 $22,290
Bloomington 50 $21,240
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 90 $35,490
Carmel 90 $35,490
Indianapolis 90 $35,490
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 170 $24,110
Des Moines 170 $24,110
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 170 $21,610
New Orleans 170 $21,610
Baton Rouge -2222 $18,530
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 180 $34,060
Columbia 180 $34,060
Baltimore 180 $34,060
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 160 $28,550
New Bedford 150 $23,330
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 370 $27,340
Dearborn 370 $27,340
Warren 370 $27,340
Wyoming 270 $22,460
Grand Rapids 270 $22,460
Portage 40 $29,240
Kalamazoo 40 $29,240
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester -2222 $21,770
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson -2222 $22,520
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln -2222 $28,900
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Reno 30 $30,440
Paradise 30 $40,260
Henderson 30 $40,260
Las Vegas 30 $40,260
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 100 $24,750
Niagara Falls 70 $37,250
Buffalo 70 $37,250
Cheektowaga 70 $37,250
Syracuse 40 $44,560
Utica 30 $41,220
Rome 30 $41,220
Schenectady -2222 $35,970
Troy -2222 $35,970
Albany -2222 $35,970
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck -2222 $30,140
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 100 $36,690
Dayton 50 $36,600
Elyria -2222 $36,940
Cleveland -2222 $36,940
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 220 $24,330
Tulsa 210 $18,770
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 490 $24,880
Lancaster 160 $19,130
Lebanon -2222 $22,660
Carlisle -2222 $23,280
Harrisburg -2222 $23,280
Barre -2222 $23,860
Wilkes -2222 $23,860
Scranton -2222 $23,860
Hazleton -2222 $23,860
Reading -2222 $25,030
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 60 $22,050
Carolina 60 $22,050
San Juan 60 $22,050
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 190 $22,620
Florence 110 $21,680
North Charleston 40 $20,340
Charleston 40 $20,340
Spartanburg 40 $23,100
Mauldin -2222 $26,280
Greenville -2222 $26,280
Anderson -2222 $26,280
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 110 $27,340
Murfreesboro 110 $27,340
Davidson 110 $27,340
Nashville 110 $27,340
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 710 $24,160
The Woodlands 710 $24,160
Houston 710 $24,160
Arlington 600 $22,670
Dallas 600 $22,670
Fort Worth 600 $22,670
Round Rock 200 $22,810
Austin 200 $22,810
Temple 150 $23,560
Killeen 150 $23,560
New Braunfels 120 $23,080
San Antonio 120 $23,080
Edinburg 90 $19,000
McAllen 90 $19,000
Mission 90 $19,000
El Paso 40 $23,510
Harlingen 40 $24,260
Brownsville 40 $24,260
Wichita Falls 30 $22,070
Port Arthur -2222 $18,450
Beaumont -2222 $18,450
Abilene -2222 $18,610
Lubbock -2222 $22,390
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 400 $24,510
Clearfield 120 $23,730
Ogden 120 $23,730
Orem 80 $23,560
Provo 80 $23,560
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 160 $30,160
Roanoke 40 $27,930
Lynchburg -2222 $18,470
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 200 $40,580
Bellevue 200 $40,580
Tacoma 200 $40,580
Spokane Valley 90 $24,630
Spokane 90 $24,630
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 80 $32,260
Waukesha 80 $32,260
Milwaukee 80 $32,260
Madison 30 $29,920

Most Popular Industries for :
Dietetic Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 11,580 47% $27,230
Nursing And Residential Care 6,790 27% $22,680
Government 2,200 9% $29,210
Education 1,490 6% $27,530
Medical Office 670 2% $28,200
Social Service 510 2% $27,990
Personal Services 390 1% $25,160
Office Services And Staffing 250 1% $19,630
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