What will I do?
People working in dietetics plan, prepare, and serve food for people with special nutritional needs. They typically work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or hospitals. They may also be employed in a school, day care center, weight loss clinics, or prison.
What classes will I take?
You will take classes in nutrition, food service, sanitation and safety, and business operations.
What skills do I need to start school?
You will need to have basic math and communication skills.
What can I do with a certificate?
You will work an entry-level job in food service in a health care setting. You will probably work with registered dietitian nutritionists to plan menus and prepare meals for people with special nutritional needs in a health care facility.
How long does it take to complete a certificate?
These certificates can usually be completed in two semesters.
What are the next steps in a pathway?
Many schools also offer a certificate in nutrition. You can also work towards an associate’s degree.
What can I do with an associate’s degree?
An associate’s degree expands the amount of responsibly you may be given on the job. Most jobs in dietetics require an associate’s degree at a minimum.
What can I do with bachelor’s degree?
A bachelor’s degree will prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian.
What are some challenges?
To work in a healthcare setting, you will need to pass a background check.
How easy will it be to get a job?
Jobs in this field are growing faster than average, especially in parts of the country where the population is aging.