Dietician Career Resources
How to Become A Dietician
The best way to begin preparing for a career as a dietician is to follow the steps listed below:
- Interview any dieticians or nutritionists that you know. Find out about their daily life and their job duties. If possible, visit them at work to find out what a typical dietitian setting looks like.
- Choose a dietetic or nutrition degree program of at least four years. A bachelors degree or higher will give you the best chance to learn the material needed to succeed.
- Find out about any internships or work-study programs needed for your specific chosen field.
- Find out what is needed to become registered as a nutrition or dietician not only in the US, but also in your state. This may include multiple exams, certifications and internships. Find out what is needed ahead of time so that you are prepared.
- Once you have become registered in your chosen field, find the best environment to begin practicing.
What Types Of Skills Or Personality Traits Are Recommended as a Dietician?
Skills for a dietician include organization, the ability to work well with others, the ability to explain complex issues with simplicity and more than anything else, the compassion to take care of your patients.
Being interested in others is not enough. The great dieticians love to discuss health and nutrition with people who need it most. You should also practice your own advice, however this is not required. However, most dietitians are in great shape and eat well. Your interest in other's well-being is paramount. Dieticians should also be interested in current events affecting the dietetic industry such as the latest diet news, drug approvals or warnings, health warnings and diet research. Anything that will improve the health of your patients should be learned continuously throughout your career.
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