Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.
Dietitians and nutritionists work in many settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and cafeterias; or for state and local governments.
Most dietitians and nutritionists have a bachelor's degree and have completed supervised training through an internship. Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed.
The median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists was $57,910 in May 2015.
Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for dietitians and nutritionists.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of dietitians and nutritionists with similar occupations.
Learn more about dietitians and nutritionists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.