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Dietitian Interview

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Dietitian Career Interview

Victoria Retelny is a registered, licensed dietitian working in Chicago, who is currently working on a book on nutrition and owns her own private practice.

Dietitian Career Path

“I have always loved nutrition and how food can work in the body to prevent chronic disease,” says Victoria.

Victoria has always had a passion for helping people, and by helping people eat the right things, she accomplishes this.

“Food can be medicine if used the right way,” Victoria adds.

Dietitian Experiences

Victoria attended Ithaca College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science  in Communication, and Loyola University, where she went through a didactic program in dietics (DPD), which is the educational program for nutrition and dietetics.

“The internship I went through allowed students to rotate through many different areas of dietics, such as clinical, foodservice, media/communications, and community,” she says. “This gives you the chance to work one-on-one with patients, write your own press releases or media pitches, and work in WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinics to prepare you for real world scenarios.”

After her education, Victoria worked as an outpatient dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Institute.

She now owns her own practice in Chicago, and she has been working as a dietitian for over eight years.

Dietitian Degree Program

“A dietitian needs a Bachelor of Science in nutrition, a 900-hour internship and a national exam to become registered and licensed as a dietitian by the American Dietetic Association,” explains Victoria.

Dietitian Job Description

Victoria is a nutrition and culinary communications consultant at her private practice LivingWell Communications in Chicago.

“In my work, I write, blog, speak publicly, counsel individuals, teach culinary classes and serve as a nutrition expert to the media,” says Victoria.

Dietitian Daily Routine

“In my nutrition communications practice,” Victoria explains, “my days vary as I research and write articles, answer media interviews, counsel corporate wellness clients, and speak to groups on current nutrition topics. It runs the nutrition gamut, and that keeps it interesting!”

Dietitian: Steps to Success

A successful dietitian needs to be able to adapt with the ever-changing field.

“You have to be flexible and willing to go with the flow of scientific changes,” Victoria advises. “You also need to be a chameleon by taking roles in the industry that you may never have had, but want to try.”

“A successful dietitian should also be proactive with his or her continued learning and promote his or her business and profession whenever possible,” she adds.

Dietitian Job Opportunities

“In order to get the job you want, you have to stand out by marketing your services, providing discounted services at first to get your foot in the door, give public nutrition seminars and charge what you’re worth once established,” says Victoria.

Dietitian Favorite Aspect

Victoria loves the flexibility, her variety of projects, and learning about the constant changes in the nutrition world.

“My professional life is always a work in progress, and I like it that way,” she says.

Dietitian’s Future Ambitions

Once her book is published, Victoria hopes to tour the country while teaching people about her nutrition philosophy and program.

Advice for Prospective Dietitians

“Enjoy your studies and set professional goals early on,” Victoria advises, “so that when you get out of school, you can get a job in an area of nutrition where you are most interested.”


  • http://none ramon

    I,m a disable man looking for way to get back to work but my disability is in the way and I don’t possesed a realable
    skill but my 20 plus years of cooking experienced so I’m am trying to find ways to be productive and earn a living using my hands and my brain if it’s still capable.

  • myFootpath Advisor

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    For more information on this career, visit our medical coding and billing career profile.

    For additional career options, check out this article: “Careers that Get You Working Fast.”

  • Fran Jackson

    I currently have a B.S. in Business Administration. I am considering pursuing a career as a R.D. because I love learning about and teaching people nutrition it is a burning passion that I have. My question is about the internship. In my home state Alabama there are only 2 internship programs that accepts 32 students each year max and currently there are 289 students enrolled in the DPD programs across Alabama. My question is what happens if I go through my studies and earn my B.S.in nutrition science but I am not accepted into the internship program? Is there a career out there for people who have a degree in Nutrition Science but is not a R.D. because they did not get accepted into a internship program and what is their earning potential. My career goals is not to be an independent consultant but work for an organization.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    By getting your Bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a registered dietitian. In regards to your state-required internship, I can tell you that requirements vary by state and there is no one set test or exam. The Commission on Dietetic Registration does offer an exam which graduates of accredited programs may take in order to become Registered Dietitians. So if you can’t get into the internship program in your state, you may try looking at the requirements in your surrounding states.
    Some alternative career paths for a nutrition science degree include:
    • Food service manager (average salary is $43,020 per year)
    • Food science researcher (median annual salary is $59,520)
    • Pharmaceutical or food sales (pharmaceutical sales reps can make between $40,000 and $70,000 annually, depending on location)

    For more information, see our dietitian career profile.

  • JMB

    Hi there. Just wanted to input/advice on how to proceed to become a Registered Dietitian. I’ve always been sort of obsessed with different foods, vitamins, etc, in re: to how they can omprove, change health. Recently due my mother’s cancer diagnosis, I’m on a warpath to find nutritional holistic ways to help her CURE!! I’ve been seriously considering going back to school in my early 40′s to pursue this intense interest as a career. I have a B.S. in Advertising/Journalism. Would I need to start from scratch to earn a B.S as a registered dietitian? Or Masters? Or jump right into the core studies with my B.S already? I prefer hopefully, one day to focus in a private practice to best help people. Is there any other way I can become a nutritionist /dietician without going back for another B.S? I guess- I’m asking- what would be best and how long might it take, in your opinion, with my current background? THANK YOU! :)

  • myFootpath Advisor

    Because you already have a bachelor’s degree, it’s likely that you can use the majority of your prerequisites towards a second bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition or dietetics, which is required to become a registered dietitian. The reason this degree is required is because you must complete the required in anatomy, biology, food science and human physiology in order to start work as a dietitian.

    How long it will take will depend on how many of your existing credit hours will count towards your new bachelor’s degree (which will depend on the school). To find out more, you can request information from the school listed below, which offers dietitian degree programs.

    Brown Mackie College, Ft. Wayne – Request Information

    For additional information, check out our registered dietitian career profile.

  • Emina

    I am currently a high school student in Chicago. I was introduced to the idea of being a dietitian a couple months ago and am really interested in pursuing a career in this field. IS there anything I can start doing now as a student to prepare me and help me get into a university with a good dietitian program? Do you have any advice of what I should do this early on?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    It’s great that you’re thinking about your career this early on! I would recommend taking as many science and math classes as possible, especially anything related to biology and health sciences. Having strong grades in these courses will help during college admissions, and the knowledge you learn will serve you well during a dietitian program. If possible, you may want to try and volunteer at a local hospital, health clinic, or nursing home, which will demonstrate your familiarity with the health care field and your ability to work with both health care staff and patients. For more information, visit our dietitian career profile.

  • mark

    i have a bach. in physical education and i was wondering if i have to start over to specify in nutrition or dietetics. you mentioned you had a bach. in comm. then went onto a dpd program…. have the requirements changed? could i just start a masters in nutrition and meets the requirement of RD after completing my masters.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    The first step in becoming a registered dietitian has typically been completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Some schools offer a Master’s in nutrition or a related field with a DPD component, so that is one option. On the American Dietetic Associations’ website, they also say that those who have bachelor’s degree that is not in dietetics can have their college transcript evaluated by a director of a dietetics program accredited or approved by CADE. From there, the director will decide which of your classes count and which you’ll still need to take during your graduate program.

    The next step to becoming a registered dietitian is to apply for and complete a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) approved dietetic internship (supervised practice experience) or CADE approved program with a supervised practice component. Some of these programs may simultaneously grant a Master’s degree while providing you with the required hours of practical experience (if you already have the DPD). For a complete list of accredited programs, visit http://www.eatright.org. You can also visit our dietitian career profile for salary information, schools offering dietitian programs, and more.

  • Sarah

    Hi. I am a single mom of two children and have been seeking employment in the feild of Nutrition for years with no success due to the fact that I do not have licensure as an RD. i completed a BS in Food and Nutrition from an accredited university, but never completed my internship upon graduation because it was not covered under financial aid. It has been 10 years and I paid several thousand dollars for my education. I did really well in school and have a sincere love and devotion to this feild, but cannot find employment beyond Diet Aid or Dietech positions, which I’m told I am over qualified for. How do I get my RD now being that I have been out of school for this long? Is my degree a complet waste?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    As you mentioned, the supervised internship is a necessary part of becoming a registered dietitian. In addition, once you have completed that internship, you will need to pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). (For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at http://www.cdrnet.org.)

    There may be a way for you to complete your internship now and then take the exam. To find out specifically what you need to do, you can contact the American Dietetic Association at education@eatright.org.

  • Julie

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I would love your advice if you don’t mind. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in May 2009. It’s taken me some time, but I have decided to go in a completely different direction and pursue my love of the culinary arts and nutrition. I have been looking at Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Nutrition, all the while still struggling with wanting to go to culinary school as well. After some research, I found this really interesting program at Johnson and Wales, which is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Nutrition. Basically, you get a culinary education and then all the course work for Nutrition. It seems like the perfect compromise for me. They are accredited with the Dietetic Association, so following this I could do a Didactic Internship and take the RD exam. However, I have some concerns. Is it worth it to get a second Bachelor’s Degree? I feel like this type of degree would make me unique and I could be flexible with what I want to do. But, am I silly to get another Bachlor’s Degree instead of going for a Master’s Degree? Clearly, this is an expensive school, but no other school offers this type of program. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance! Julie

  • Desmond

    I’m in college now working on my degree as a RD, but i also want another degree to help make myself stand out and be more valuable. I was thinking about a Masters in Food science,would that be a great choice?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    If you are thinking about both a culinary career path and possibly a nutrition/dietitian career path, then I think this is a great option for you. In order to become an RD, you will need to complete the accredited coursework regardless, and this program sounds like it will allow you to do that. On the American Dietetic Association website, they explain that those students who have an undergraduate degree in another subject can get started by having a director of a dietetics program to see which of your previous credits will qualify. Once the director determines what classes the student needs to take, they can take these classes as part of a Master’s program in order to prepare for the supervised practice program.

    In your case, since you have a degree in music, you may have to take a decent amount of science and related courses to get to where you want to be. Therefore, another bachelor’s degree seems like a good option, especially since it allows you to simultaneously explore another career option you’re interested in. A Master’s program would be more focused, and would not allow that flexibility. If you’re not 100% sure which way you want to go, the Bachelor’s degree seems like the right option for you.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    Before you can become an registered dietitian, you have to fulfill the recommended hours of internship and pass the RD exam. It might be best to complete both of these requirements and spend some time working in the RD field before you pick an advanced degree to pursue. The Master’s in Food Science is a great way to go, but having some experience in the field beforehand should give you a sense of what parts of the career you like best, and therefore which graduate degree is right for you.

  • Desmond

    thanks a lot for that information. i will go the route you insist on me to try. that help out tremendously..

  • Louisa

    I am pursuing a degree in physician assistance and want to offer my masters in dietetics after is it possible?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    These careers you mention—physician assistant and dietitian—do have some similarities, but they require different training. It sounds as though you are currently in a physician assistant program, which means you most likely already have your bachelor’s degree and will earn your master’s degree through the PA program (as this is the typical course for PA programs).

    If you’re saying you would like to earn and additional master’s degree in dietetics afterwards, that is definitely possible. Some of the coursework you do for your physician assistant program may even count towards your dietetics degree. The American Dietetic Association has provisions for students who already have their degrees; for more information on what you need to do, visit this page.

  • NS

    I received my bachelor’s in Communication and decided shortly after that I wanted to get into the field of nutrition. While working full time, I have been taking the required prerequisites over the span of the past four years (and am one class away from being done) to be able to get into graduate school to receive an M.S. in Nutrition. I am worried, however, that because I have no experience in the field, my prerequisites alone will not make me competitive for any grad school, especially if I am competing with applicants who completed an undergrad in nutrition science and most likely have worked/interned somewhere to gain some experience. Do you have any advice on what I should do? Are there any volunteer programs or shadow/observe programs that you are aware of? And my second question is, I had always assumed that getting my M.S. in Nutrition was the only option for me (eventually I want to do nutritional counseling either at a private practice or in a physical training/rehabilitation facility), but I am finding a few programs that offer certification (specifically the CCN – Certified Clinical Nutritionist offered by the CNCB – Clinical Nutrition Certified Board). Would that be a better option for me than attending graduate school? And if I did attend graduate school, would I still need to become certified afterwards to do what I want to do or would the M.S. be sufficient? I wasn’t sure if that program was very credible, and I would hate to put in all the time if it was not very credible. Thanks! I look forward to your advice.

  • Amy

    I’m a junior at Purdue University and am currently enrolled in the didactics program here. I actually started the program as a freshman at Syracuse University, then transferred here and added a second major (Nutrition, Fitness and Health), but I recently realized what I really want to do is culinary nutrition. I just discovered that there is such a field and it seems so fitting for me. Since I was about 15, I’ve been volunteering and working at camps in the kitchen during the summer and everyone knows me for being the health freak. Is there any way I’d be able to find a job as a cooking dietitian without transferring to a culinary school? I was considering regular foodservice, but it seems to be more management than cooking..

  • myFootpath Advisor

    It depends partially upon your end goal. You mentioned you want to become a cooking dietitian; does this mean you want to be licensed as a registered dietitian? If that is the case, you will need to complete your bachelor’s degree and course work through a program accredited or approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). In addition, you will need to pass national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is the only way to earn the title “Registered Dietitian.” (Your program may qualify, to find out more, visit http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx).

    If, however, you are more interested studying nutrition and using that background to start a culinary career, there are many options for you. You can complete your program, and get many of the experience you’ll need for a culinary career by working at a local restaurant. A huge part of a culinary career comes from time spent in the kitchen, learning the different stations and working different breakfast, lunch and dinner services, so that will give you much of the culinary background you need. If you’d like to supplement that experience, you could also look into getting a culinary certificate or diploma, which would be faster than completing a full culinary program. For more information, visit our chef career profile.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    One of the most well-known organizations in the dietitian/nutrition field is the American Dietetic Association. This association helps set the standards for Registered Dietitians, as well as the certification and licensure that will help you stand out from other applicants when you are looking for a job. If you want to become a dietitian, I would recommend you take a look at their guidelines for students who have a degree in another field, as well as the certification they recommend.

  • DeeGee

    I have a master degree in Nutrition from overseas. I am currently enrolled in a master program in the U.S. I am more than 35 yrs old. My husband keeps says that I wont get any job even if I complete my RD here employers will hire only young people. I am new to this country and do not know what to do. It’s my passion to be become an RD and I love to teach. I was thinking to curve a path but do not know whether my age would be a problem. Any help on this would be really appreciated.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    The more networking you can do while you’re in school, the better your chances of landing a job will be when you graduate. I would recommend you contact the American Dietetic Association. They may have resources for those who have moved to the U.S. from other countries. In addition, they may also be able to direct you to association chapters in your area, which you can join while you’re in graduate school to network and meet potential employers. Their website is http://www.eatright.org.

  • Kelley

    I am currently a sophomore in college and I am majoring in Nutrition. We have three options within nutrition at out school- Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences & Nutrition and Wellness. I have chosen Nutrition & Welless but not I am trying to figure out if I should switch to Dietetics or not. As a nutrition and wellness major you are not certified to do any one-on-one patient work. They do more work with educating people, working in community based organizations and fitness centers, writing for nutrition, etc. I was wondering which way do you tihnk is a better way to go and where I would find a better job?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    It depends on what your ultimate goals are. Do you want to become a registered dietitian and work directly with patients? If that is the case, you first must make sure that your program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). You can find this out by contacting the commission directly, or by speaking to an advisor at your school.

    Once you have ensured that your program is accredited, I would recommend you speak with someone at the American Dietetic Association about your specific goals. Once they know exactly what you want to do within the field, they can help recommend which of these specializations would be right for you.

    For more information, visit http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx.

  • Nicole S.

    I have already graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and applied upon graduation for multiple internship programs. I did not receive an internship and I am wondering what the next best step would be and what my options are to be more competitive to get an internship. Will i be more competitive only if I get my master’s degree first or is getting work experience better?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    Master’s degrees in Dietetics tend to be for those interested in research or management positions, so you may want to continue to apply for internships to get experience before you enter a Master’s program. For assistance in getting an internship, try contacting the professional associations listed on this page.

  • JKK

    Hello. I have completed my bachelor in Food Science and Technology. My aim is to become a dietitian. I wanted to know if I continue doing postgraduate diploma in dietetics and then do an internship will it be possible to get a license and become a registered dietitian?

  • myFootpath Advisor

    It depends on whether or not your bachelor’s degree was certified. In order to become a registered dietitian, you must graduate from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Since you already have your degree, you may want to visit http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx to see what you need to do next.

  • Jodi Ewing

    I am a senior in high school planning on majoring in nutrition with the goal of becoming a registered dietician. I haven’t decided which college to go to and wondered how important the colleges name or reputation is when it comes to finding an internship or job after getting my B.S.

  • http://Facebook.com Samuel Amponsah

    Hi my name is samuel,i am a home economics student,but my parents change my course to visual art when i got to shs and is my dream to become a dietician i have always dream of it,pls ante victoria help me with more advise with my career.i want to know whether after the visual art course i can become or contiune my education to become a dietician become my future career very well.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    In order to become a dietitian, you will need to obtain a four-year Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, nutrition, or food science. For those particularly interested in a career in research or management, Master’s degrees are also common. So to answer your question, it partially depends on how far along you are in your college career. If you are a freshman or sophomore, you should look into the classes at your schools and find out if they have an accredited dietetics program. For more information on the education that is required, you can visit our dietitian career profile.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    It’s great that you’re already thinking ahead to your future career. While going to a competitive school can always help your resume after graduation, the most important thing is to make sure you enroll in a program that is accredited by http://www.myfootpath.com/advice-and-answers/professional-organizations-associations-resources/dietitian-associations/” rel=”nofollow”>the Commission on Dietetic Registration. By choosing an accredited program, you can ensure you’ll have all the right coursework to take the next step in your career path once you graduate. For more information on the degrees and education required to become a dietitian, you can visit our dietitian career profile.

  • http://Facebook.com Samuel Amponsah

    I am samuel in ghana i want to know the schools i will through when i finish shs pls help me with my course i dnt want miss the opportunity to become a dietitian,thank u sir

  • http://Facebook.com Samuel Amponsah

    I am samuel in ghana i want to know the schools i will through when i finish shs pls help me with my course i dnt want miss the o,thank u sir

  • Anonymous

    Of course we will be more than happy to help! Could you give us some additional information about what you are looking for? Is there a specific subject you wish to study?

  • Only1vanoy

    I’ve been seriously thinking about a career change. I graduated with a Communication Arts, B.A. degree. However my passion is food, and i’d like to become blogger, journalist, author, on-air talent and then one day create my own restaraunt. Is it necessary for me to get a graduate degree in nutrition to become a registered dietican?u00a0nI’m concerned that my math and sciences test scores will not be high enough, as i’m more artistic than scientific.u00a0nn35 and Hopeful!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment! In response to your question, if you want to become a registered dietitian, then yes, you need to go through an approved RD program. After you graduate from one of these programs, you also need to complete an internship program. You can find out more here: http://myfootpath.com/careers/health-care-degrees-careers/dietitian/nnHowever, if you’re looking to open your own restaurant, you don’t need to be a registered dietitian. In fact, a food and hospitality degree might be a better fit to prepare you for work in the restaurant industry. You can find more info here: http://myfootpath.com/degrees-programs/hospitality-management-degree-programs/

  • amanda addo

    hello, my name is amanda addo. i am currently enrolled in a masters of science in health education program. i have a bachelor’s of natural science degree with a major in biology. i have always been interested in becoming a dietician. the problem is that i do not know if i have to get another bachelor’s in nutrition to make that happen. i am a bit lost at the moment due to the fact that i am taking courses for my master’s in health education; yet my dream is to become a dietician. i have been highly interested in health living and within the past year, i conquered one of my goals by losing fifty eight pounds and gaining a healthy living habit in the process. i need help on what to do and advice on what road to take to attain my goals. i would like to know if it is necessary to continue the program in health education or if i can deviate and enter into a DPD program. please help. thanks

  • amanda addo

    hello, my name is amanda addo. i am currently enrolled in a masters of science in health education program. i have a bachelor’s of natural science degree with a major in biology. i have always been interested in becoming a dietician. the problem is that i do not know if i have to get another bachelor’s in nutrition to make that happen. i am a bit lost at the moment due to the fact that i am taking courses for my master’s in health education; yet my dream is to become a dietician. i have been highly interested in health living and within the past year, i conquered one of my goals by losing fifty eight pounds and gaining a healthy living habit in the process. i need help on what to do and advice on what road to take to attain my goals. i would like to know if it is necessary to continue the program in health education or if i can deviate and enter into a DPD program. please help. thanks

  • Anonymous

    In order to become a dietitian, you do need to graduate from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Regarding your degree, their website states: “If you already have a bacheloru2019s degree that is not in dietetics and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, you should have your college transcript evaluated by a director of a dietetics program accredited or approved by CADE. Because the policies, procedures and costs for the transcript evaluation may vary from one institution to another, you may want to contact more than one dietetics program for further information.” For more information on transferring into one of these programs, you can visit http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx

  • Anonymous

    In order to become a dietitian, you do need to graduate from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Regarding your degree, their website states: “If you already have a bacheloru2019s degree that is not in dietetics and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, you should have your college transcript evaluated by a director of a dietetics program accredited or approved by CADE. Because the policies, procedures and costs for the transcript evaluation may vary from one institution to another, you may want to contact more than one dietetics program for further information.” For more information on transferring into one of these programs, you can visit http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx

  • Anonymous

    I think it depends on what kind of job you’re seeking within the food processing companies. If you’re looking to work directly in contact with the raw goods, and be involved in the process of converting meat and other items into processed foods to be shipped to companies, you may not need to complete a degree in that particular field. However, if you want to study to become a dietitian and work on the research/food safety end of the food processing industry, that could be a great fit.

  • Anonymous

    If you are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, it’s important to make sure you attend a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. You can view their list of accredited programs here: http://www.eatright.org/students/education/accreditedprograms.aspx

  • Mail

    Forgot to ask what would you salary range be about?

  • Anonymous

    The median salary for dietitians is $50,590 a year, according to the Department of Labor.

  • nutritionist2B

    Hello -u00a0I am confused about next steps on becoming an RD. I have a bachelor’s degree in English from a leading U.S. university, and took a science core curriculum there as part of my general studies.u00a0I am now enrolled in a noted university’s graduate certificate program in nutrition.I would like to be an RD and work either with sports teams or with kids in schools.So…Do I need a full masters, or just a bachelors degree? u00a0Must I have a masters to be an RD? I ask because I am in my 40s and am a career changer.u00a0Ideally I would study full time and complete my degree as soon as possible so I can start my new career.Many thanks!u00a0

  • Anonymous

    To become an RD, you have to graduate from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. There are ways to get previous credits counted for depending on which program you choose. For complete details, you can visit their page exclusively about career changers: http://www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8094

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miriam-Dyson/1805426806 Miriam Dyson

    I am interested in becoming a dietitian. I was thinkning in specializing in younger population to combat childhood obesity or maybe specializing in those with disorders who need specialized diets. Since any accredited program I can apply for is competitive and I feel my grades aren’t goo enough right now, I was thinking of getting an associates in a related field then applying for a degree to be a dietitian. Can anyone share some advice for possible associates degrees that will help my career path later?

  • Anonymous

    Many dietitians work with clients based on their unique dietary restrictions.

  • Anonymous

    Many dietitians work with clients based on their unique dietary restrictions.

  • Anonymous

    It partially depends on what your end goals are, and where you want to take your career. Many dietitians do go on to earn their master’s degree. You can find more information here: http://myfootpath.com/careers/health-care-careers/dietitian-and-nutritionist-careers/

  • Pete

    I’m currently doing a scienIce degree studying biochemistry and microbiology as my full subjects and human nutrition as a half subject. What kind of course would I have to take to become a dietician after graduating with a science degree in lets say microbiology?I am not able to take human nutrition as my degree subject as it’s only a half subject.

  • Anonymous

    If you want to become a registered dietitian, you will need to complete a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Since you are getting your bachelor’s degree in another subject, you may have your transcript evaluated by an advisor, and depending on what you took, you may only need to do some additional coursework to get started. You can view more details here: http://www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8094

  • Anonymous

    For that information, I would contact the professional organization listed here: http://www.eatright.org/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4UTWX3YVTE52JYMKQOMR75VESQ Peaches

    This is very good info to have a career as a Dietitian u00a0

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your feedback!

  • Shraga

    Can you help me please? I need to interview a registered dietician as a nschool project. Would you be so kind as to suggest somebody?nWould the dieticians that you know or interned with be able to help me with this? I need it by 12/14/2012.nnThank You Very Much,nnShraga A. Steinnnprismstone@verizon.netnn718-376-338

  • Shraga

    Can someone help me please? I need to interview a registered dietician as a nschool project. Would someone be so kind as to suggest somebody?nI need this by 12/14/2012.nnThank You Very Much,nnShraga A. Steinnnprismstone@verizon.netnn718-376-338

  • Anonymous

    To get in touch with a registered dietitian you can interview, you may want to contact someone at the American Dietetic Association. You can find more information here: http://www.eatright.org/ Good luck!