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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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Resources

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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 450 $25,690
Mesa 450 $25,690
Phoenix 450 $25,690
Tucson 60 $21,410
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 80 $19,410
North Little Rock 80 $19,410
Little Rock 80 $19,410
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1170 $33,730
Long Beach 1170 $33,730
Los Angeles 1170 $33,730
San Francisco 490 $43,540
Oakland 490 $43,540
Hayward 490 $43,540
San Bernardino 340 $27,570
Riverside 340 $27,570
Ontario 340 $27,570
San Jose 330 $41,250
Santa Clara 330 $41,250
Sunnyvale 330 $41,250
Carlsbad 320 $33,020
San Diego 320 $33,020
Arcade 220 $36,170
Roseville 220 $36,170
Sacramento 220 $36,170
Arden 220 $36,170
Lodi 110 $35,690
Stockton 110 $35,690
Bakersfield 100 $27,700
Oxnard 70 $38,890
Ventura 70 $38,890
Thousand Oaks 70 $38,890
Vallejo 70 $40,620
Fairfield 70 $40,620
Visalia 60 $30,820
Porterville 60 $30,820
Fresno 40 $37,130
Santa Rosa N/A $42,020
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 230 $34,430
Aurora 230 $34,430
Denver 230 $34,430
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 70 $32,100
East Hartford 70 $32,100
West Hartford 70 $32,100
Stamford 40 $42,270
Bridgeport 40 $42,270
Norwalk 40 $42,270
Waterbury N/A $30,170
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 330 $25,450
Fort Lauderdale 330 $25,450
West Palm Beach 330 $25,450
Jacksonville 110 $21,590
Cape Coral 90 $35,590
Fort Myers 90 $35,590
Bradenton 70 $23,730
Sarasota 70 $23,730
North Port 70 $23,730
Melbourne 60 $20,270
Titusville 60 $20,270
Palm Bay 60 $20,270
Orlando 60 $23,420
Sanford 60 $23,420
Kissimmee 60 $23,420
Lakeland N/A $20,900
Winter Haven N/A $20,900
Clearwater N/A $23,100
Tampa N/A $23,100
St. Petersburg N/A $23,100
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 560 $25,270
Sandy Springs 560 $25,270
Atlanta 560 $25,270
Macon N/A $17,900
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 50 $33,760
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 160 $19,580
Springfield 40 $23,670
Urbana 30 $19,610
Champaign 30 $19,610
Decatur N/A $21,200
Bloomington N/A $27,000
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 110 $32,100
Carmel 110 $32,100
Indianapolis 110 $32,100
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 150 $23,260
Des Moines 150 $23,260
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 130 $22,630
Metairie 130 $22,630
Bossier City 40 $20,480
Shreveport 40 $20,480
Baton Rouge N/A $18,030
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 160 $33,530
Columbia 160 $33,530
Baltimore 160 $33,530
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 130 $21,730
Barnstable Town 100 $26,360
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 440 $27,480
Warren 440 $27,480
Detroit 440 $27,480
Ann Arbor 260 $31,810
East Lansing 90 $39,080
Lansing 90 $39,080
Grand Rapids N/A $27,010
Wyoming N/A $27,010
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 100 $23,640
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 90 $21,870
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 40 $19,060
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 90 $24,090
Buffalo 70 $37,270
Niagara Falls 70 $37,270
Cheektowaga 70 $37,270
Syracuse 40 $43,880
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $28,600
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 90 $37,230
Akron 40 $35,130
Toledo 40 $36,340
Dayton 40 $36,960
Elyria N/A $35,990
Cleveland N/A $35,990
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 180 $21,670
Tulsa 50 $23,080
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 430 $20,930
Wilkes 230 $19,850
Barre 230 $19,850
Hazleton 230 $19,850
Scranton 230 $19,850
Lancaster 220 $18,470
Altoona 130 $24,380
Hanover 70 $19,110
York 70 $19,110
Carlisle 40 $23,300
Harrisburg 40 $23,300
Reading N/A $21,250
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 50 $19,780
Carolina 50 $19,780
San Juan 50 $19,780
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 190 $23,440
Florence 110 $20,220
North Charleston 70 $20,750
Charleston 70 $20,750
Mauldin N/A $25,350
Greenville N/A $25,350
Anderson N/A $25,350
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 160 $26,880
Murfreesboro 160 $26,880
Davidson 160 $26,880
Nashville 160 $26,880
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 450 $24,360
Fort Worth 450 $24,360
Arlington 450 $24,360
The Woodlands 370 $22,920
Sugar Land 370 $22,920
Houston 370 $22,920
New Braunfels 100 $21,110
San Antonio 100 $21,110
Austin 80 $33,960
Round Rock 80 $33,960
Abilene 40 $18,050
Lubbock N/A $18,500
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 240 $26,070
Clearfield 100 $24,820
Ogden 100 $24,820
Provo 50 $25,490
Orem 50 $25,490
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 120 $27,160
Roanoke 30 $19,540
Lynchburg N/A $17,940
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 220 $36,400
Seattle 220 $36,400
Tacoma 220 $36,400
Spokane Valley 90 $29,130
Spokane 90 $29,130
Silverdale N/A $24,300
Bremerton N/A $24,300
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 50 $23,180
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 70 $31,780
Waukesha 70 $31,780
Milwaukee 70 $31,780
Eau Claire N/A $21,350

Most Popular Industries for :
Dietetic Technicians

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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