Dietetics and Nutrition

Licensure/Certification
Graduates of an American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved program are eligible for the ADA registration examination to become a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR). Registration is voluntary.

Salary
The average hourly wage for Dietetic Technicians in Florida in 2009 was $14.11.

Educational Programs
Associate Degree
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Miami-Dade College
Palm Beach State College
Pensacola Junior College

Professional Associations
American Culinary Federation
American Dietetic Association

 

Dietetic technicians assist a registered dietitian in provision of food service management or nutritional care services. A dietetic technician may assist in planning, implementing, and evaluating food programs, standardizing and testing new recipes, and supervising the food preparation and service.

Other functions may include employee training, menu planning, budget management, and food and beverage purchasing. In nutritional care services, the dietetic technician assists a clinical or community dietitian in interviewing patients and taking diet histories, choosing menus based on established guidelines, giving routine dietary counseling, and teaching principles of medical nutrition therapy on an individual or in-service education basis.

Dietetic Technician

Work Environment
Dietetic technicians may work in hospitals, government settings, schools, day care centers, assisted living facilities, restaurant and fine dining services, nursing homes, company cafeterias, health maintenance organizations, health clubs, food companies, research laboratories, public health clinics, and private practice.

Job Outlook
The number of Dietetic Technicians employed in Florida in 2006 was 1,042. It is projected that in 2014 there will be 1,256, an annual average growth rate of 2.6 percent. Dietetic technicians with combined studies in culinary arts may enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the emerging upscale retirement community segment as well with food service companies seeking to incorporate a nutritional aspect to dining services.

Length of Training/Requirements
The period of training is generally a two-year associate degree program in a community college. The curriculum consists of core courses in human nutrition, food service management, culinary management, and practical experience paralleling the content of specific courses.



Updated: 2009