Dietetics and Nutrition

Educational Programs

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Indian River State College
Sarasota County Technical Institute
University of Florida

Professional Associations
American Dietetic Association
Dietary Managers Association
Florida Dietary Managers Association

Dietary managers, under the direction of a dietitian, supervise production, distribution, purchasing, budgeting, and the hiring, training, and scheduling of employees. They also conduct assessments of the effectiveness of nutrition care plans, interview clients about their diet histories, calculate and implement diet plans, and provide counsel on basic diet restrictions and standards for food preparation. They assure their department is compliant with regulatory and sanitation standards. In most nursing homes and hospitals, the dietary manager is the department head, while a consultant registered dietitian handles most of the clinical dietetic tasks.

Dietary Manager

Work Environment
Dietary managers may be employed in hospitals, nursing homes, school cafeterias, hotels, restaurants, correction facilities, catering services, and college campuses.

Job Outlook
The number of first-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers employed in Florida in 2006 was 43,161. It is projected that in 2014 there will be 50,746, an annual average growth rate of 2.2 percent.

Length of Training/Requirements
Completion of an approved 120-hour didactic and 150-hour field experience is required. The course may be taken at a community college or a vocational-technical school or through an approved independent course by correspondence. The course includes management aspects as well as nutrition.

Certification is voluntary and is available through the Dietary Managers Association. Candidates must graduate from DMA-approved educational programs and follow one of the six pathways to certification eligibility. These are based on the candidates' membership status in the DMA, their work and educational experience, and whether or not they are in the military. Continuing education hours are required every three years for certification renewal.

The average Florida salary for dietary managers was $26.58/hour in 2009.

Updated: 2009