Can I get a what-what from all the Registered Dietitians and RD’s-to-be out there?
I have received a lot of emails from readers wanting to know more about becoming a dietitian and the job outlook for dietitians (which are great questions, by the way!). I figured what better place to pimp my profession other than my nutrition blog?
First things first, the correct spelling is, in fact, dietitian…not dietician. I personally don’t get worked up over this minor detail, but many RD’s do 😉 Another thing – there IS a difference between “dietitians” and “nutritionists”. Basically, dietitians have the education and credentialing to practice in dietetics, while anyone can be considered a nutritionist. Most states require licensing for their dietitians and thus the title “Licensed Nutritionist” (LN) or “Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist” (LDN) is often used. In Oklahoma, “Licensed Dietitian” is the title assigned to licensed dietitians.
So, what does one need to do in order to become a dietitian? Several things.
- Obtain a bachelor’s degree from a CADE-accredited nutrition/dietetics program
- Complete a CADE-approved dietetic internship (ranging between 6 and 12 months, on average)
- Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- Obtain state licensure and/or registration, where applicable
- Complete continuing professional educational requirements (CPE’s) to maintain registration
Most importantly, what is the job outlook for dietitians?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, average employment growth is projected for dietitians. While that doesn’t sound impressive, it’s great news! The job outlook rate is anticipated to increase by 9% during the 2008-2018 projection decade. This is sound information in support of the continued growth and demand of dietetics and dietitians in the US.
And days like yesterday make being a dietitian one of the most rewarding jobs. I met a patient this fall that had just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He was distraught, absolutely torn-up over his diagnosis. I met with him a week later after he had time to digest the news, and he begrudgingly listened with open ears to the information and insight I provided. We created a diabetic meal plan for him. Three months later, he’s looking to get off his ONE Biguanide drug. WOW! And his lipids? Astonishing! He’s LDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol were elevated 3 months ago, and yesterday his labs all fell within reference range. I had to bite.
“So, what was the biggest change you’ve made since we met back in October?”
His response: “Vegetables and exercise.”
There is a God. 😉
*Patient details changed for confidentiality and HIPPA compliance.
The sweet Stef over at More To Life Than Lettuce (what an awesome blog name, by the way!) awarded me the Happy 101 award! Thank you, Stef! <3 The instructions are to: list 10 things that make me happy, do at least one of them today (I’ll highlight the ones I did!), and pass it along to 10 bloggies. So, here we are…
- Lily (probably not all that shocking to “Prevention Regulars”!)
- Looking at wedding pictures
- King size beds laden with thick, down comforters
- A kick-butt run where you feel like you could run forever and ever
- Waking up and knowing that you have NOTHING you need to accomplish that day
- Cuddling with my husband (cliche, but true!)
- Cooking, eat, restaurants, and all things food-related
- Helping others reach their health and nutrition goals
- Having a clean house (so…one might think it’d BE clean, right? Wrong!)
- Complimenting others
I would like to pass the Happy 101 Award on to…
Gina of The Candid RD
Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes
Karla of Foodologie
Georgie of Ask Georgie
Barbara of Barbara Bakes
Amanda of Fake Ginger
Holly of The Balance Broad
Paige of Running Around Normal
Leslie of Leslie Lifting Life
Jessica of How Sweet It Is
I’m trying to spread the love some!! I read a TON of blogs each day (too many, probably!), and I enjoy each and every one!!!
Question: Do you think being an dietitian would be a career path of interest to you? Why or why not?
Who’s watching The Biggest Loser tonight?????
While I am biased, of course, there are a TON of other professions I am really interested in!! 🙂