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Readers Respond: The Real Life of a Dietitian (Nutritionist)

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When choosing a career, it is helpful to get information about it from those who actually work in the occupation one is considering. Please share information about your career as a dietitian (nutritionist) so those thinking of entering this field can make an informed decision.

  1. Describe what you do as a dietitian (nutritionist)?
  2. What do you like about being a dietitian (nutritionist)? What don't you like about it?
  3. With the proper training, how easy or difficult is it for someone to get an entry level job as a dietitian (nutritionist)?
  4. Are you happy you became a dietitian (nutritionist)? Why or why not?

Dietician/catering officer

I love the job. It is so demanding but very interesting to see yourself helping people make proper food choices for good health. I always brag about it that am a food DOCTOR and am commonly referred to as such. I am serving an institution of teenager boys aged between 12-19 mostly and remember, this is time for their rapid growth and various body changes. They have plenty of appetite and so much interest in all sorts of junk foods to which I highly discourage. This job requires patience as it consumes a lot of time, waking up so early and retiring so late but not complaining. The movement at work alone is enough exercise for an individual to remain healthy. The population in my hands is 1200 youngsters all being served 5 meals a day, 7days a week. I love catering. A job that can easily be carried out anywhere in any place because people all over the world have to eat in order to live.
—Guest Bazibu Peter

Dietitian/Food Service Manager

I like the variety of what I'm doing right now, from running the kitchen, revising menus, mentoring the cooks, presenting the meals to patients, catering food to trainings and seminars, NOT to mention assessing and giving counseling to patients. You learn new things everyday.
—Guest Rose

cna nurse aide

I am currently unemployed but will be starting school in Aug. I want to change my major to a dietitian because i like cooking and helping people lose weight. I currently lost weight by choosing the right food. I am very interested in learning the different types of food out here and how healthly or not healthy the food can be to the human body
—Guest Michelle Boykin

Consulting Dietitian

I primarily work in long-term care for a company that contracts, considered self-employed. Cons: No payed benefits, vacation, sick, insurance, retirement, etc. Long drives w/out hourly rate, just mileage reimbursement (half of what the state gives back at tax time) Use own car. No payed "lunch break." No set or guaranteed hours. The job: Charting primarily. The state mandates each resident to have quarterly and full annual assessments, plus we do charting monthly for high risk (Tube feedings, dialysis, skin breakdown, weight variances, C. Diff. etc.) There is sometimes educational teaching, consult requests, meetings, some in-servicing, or kitchen inspections. Sometimes there are outpatient, hospital, or WIC jobs. There is travel everyday and sometimes overnight required. Paid monthly. Pros: Very autonomous and in charge of own work schedule from the hours to how I want to schedule my month. Minimal "reporting" to a boss. If I need a day I take it, but no pay. Very flexible!
—Guest Amy

The Real Life of a Dietitian

1. I work as a Community Dietitian. I spend a large percentage of my time working with individuals and small groups doing outpatient nutrition counseling. I do presentations and workshops for groups and schools. I also work on policy development, e.g., healthy food policy. 2. I love that I get to work with people and try and help them improve their health. I enjoy the autonomy I have with my current position. I'm not crazy about the heavy workload I have right now. 3. I can only speak from my personal experience, but I got a job before I even graduated (as soon as I finished my internship). 4. I am very happy I became a dietitian. I think it's a good fit for me.
—Guest Canadian RD

The Real Life of a Dietitian

I love it. You get to work with diverse people in a wide variety of settings. If you love food and the science behind it as well as helping others with their diet, then Human Nutrition and Dietetics is ideal for you.
—Guest Nila

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