What Do Dietitians and Nutritionists Do?
Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve specific health-related goals.
Dietitians and nutritionists try to prevent health problems and aim to treat health problems by helping people develop better eating habits. They often work with patients who have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, eating disorders, or are overweight. They may plan diet programs, conduct nutritional assessments, direct menu development, manage food service systems, supervise meal preparations, and provide nutritional counseling.
For more details, go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm.
Where Do Dietitians and Nutritionists Work?
Dietitians and nutritionists may work as clinicians, managers, researchers, or consultants and are found in a variety of settings. Over half work in hospitals and nursing homes, while others work in health clinics, home health agencies, doctors’ offices, schools, health clubs, cafeterias, and private practices.
What Do Dietitians and Nutritionists Earn?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists in New York in 2016 was $62,450, compared to $58,920 nationally.
Supply and Demand
The number of dietitians and nutritionists nationwide is projected to increase more than 16.4% between 2014 and 2024, and more than 19.9% in New York in the same time period.
This increase is attributable in part to the increasing awareness of the relationship between diet and health and the importance of diet in preventing and treating illnesses and the role of food in promoting health and wellness. The importance of diet in preventing and treating illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease is now well known, and more dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for people with these conditions. An aging population also will increase the need for dietitians and nutritionists in nursing homes. Job opportunities are also expected to increase in community health centers, physicians’ offices, and home health agencies. An increasing number of dietitians and nutritionists are expected to be self-employed. Fewer new jobs are expected at hospitals.
For more information on employment projections of dietitians and nutritionists by New York State labor regions, click here.
New York Education and Licensure Requirements
Dietitians and nutritionists in New York and nationally usually have at least a bachelor’s degree. In New York, it is possible to be certified as a dietitian and nutritionist with an associate degree from an accredited educational program and more time in an approved work experience. However, most New York educational programs offer bachelor’s or advanced degrees. All accredited dietitian and nutritionist education programs include coursework in professional dietetics and nutrition as well as human biology and behavioral science. For more information, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/diet/.
Dieticians and nutritionists who practice in New York must be certified by one of the two national certifying organizations. Requirements include graduating from an accredited educational program and completing an approved work experience. For more information, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/diet/dietlic.htm.
Recertification every five years by one of the two national certifying organizations requires the completion of a specific number of continuing education credits.
The American Dietetic Association offers scholarships and financial aid to students studying to become dietitians and nutritionists. For more information, go to: https://eatrightfoundation.org/why-it-matters/awards/ and https://www.eatrightpro.org/membership/student-member-center/scholarships-and-financial-aid
Education Programs in New York (subject to change)
|Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-6182 or (914) 606-6600
2900 Bedford Avenue
326 Ingersoll Extension
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-5000 ext. 6699
|Buffalo State – SUNY
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
525 West 120th St
New York, NY 10027-6696
Division of Nutritional Sciences
410 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
|Lehman College – CUNY
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
|Long Island University
C.W. Post Campus
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
(516) 299-3503 or (516) 299-2762
|LaGuardia Community College -CUNY
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101-3007
(718) 482-5973 or (718) 482-5740
|New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Dev
411 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
|The Sage Colleges
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
140 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
|Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Health Sciences and Technology
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-2352 or (585) 475-2357
Department of Human Ecology
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
David B. Falk College of Sport &
340 White Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
|Queens College- CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
(718) 997-4475 or (718) 997-2710
Additional Web Links
The Commission on Dietetic Registration: http://www.cdrnet.org/
The Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists: http://cbns.org/