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Dietitian / Nutritionist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Provides clients with advice on healthy eating, and helps to plan nutritional menus. Works with individuals who have specific dietary needs, such as hospital patients, or oversees food programs in schools, hospitals, and other large organizations. May work in a community setting or non-profit, governmental, or public health organization, offering nutritional advice to specific groups of people.

Job Outlook

There were 893 Dietitian / Nutritionist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 26628 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Dietitian / Nutritionist industry, which includes the Dietitian / Nutritionist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Dietitian / Nutritionist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,570.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,763.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Dietitian / Nutritionist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $51,396.

Education and Experience

Posted Dietitian / Nutritionist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree77%
Master's Degree23%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Dietitian / Nutritionist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years78%
3 to 5 years18%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years2%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Dietitian / Nutritionist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (28%)
  • Planning (21%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Research (19%)
  • Organizational Skills (14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Dietetics (87%)
  • Care Planning (23%)
  • Nutrition Services (21%)
  • Nutrition (20%)
  • Patient Care (20%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Long-Term Care (15%)
  • Acute Care (11%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (10%)
  • Scheduling (10%)
  • Teaching (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Meal Planning (6%)
  • Parenteral Nutrition (4%)
  • Interaction with Patients / Medical Personnel (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Electronic Charting (2%) – marginal value $6,069

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Dietitian / Nutritionist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Dietitian
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Dietitian / Nutritionist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Compass Group North America (1285)
  • Sodexo (1195)
  • Healthcare Services Group Incorporated (1135)
  • Aramark (536)
  • Davita Incorporated (527)

North Carolina

  • Healthcare Services Group Incorporated (61)
  • UNC Health Care System (57)
  • Duke University (52)
  • Compass Group North America (44)
  • Aramark (27)

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