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Dietetic Technician

To be a successful Dietetic Technician you should…

  • be interested in the relationship between nutrition and health
  • want the opportunity to help others
  • want to be a part of the health care team
  • like a diverse work environment
  • be interested in food, health promotion, disease prevention, and health care
  • have the ability to communicate well with a wide variety of people
  • have good organizational skills
  • pay attention to detail

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What will my job be like?

Dietetic technicians help assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition services and programs for hospitals, schools, businesses, and others. They usually work as members of health care teams and are supervised by a registered dietitian and/or administrator.

Where could I work?

Dietetic technicians may be employed by hospitals, public health nutrition programs, long-term care facilities, school lunch programs, and nutrition programs for the elderly or food service management firms.

Other workplace settings:

  • Day Care Centers
  • Diet and Fitness Center
  • Educational Institutions
  • Food Service Industry
  • Governmental Departments
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Prisons
  • Restaurants

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

The BLS reports that employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 5 percent between 2020-2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

Dietetic technicians generally complete a 2-year associate degree program. Graduates of programs approved by the American Dietetic Association are eligible for the registration examination of the ADA to become registered

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut–Nutritional Sciences, Storrs
  • University of New Haven, West Haven
  • University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Connecticut requires current certification as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or to have taken CDR’s registration examination for Dietitians and hold an acceptable Master’s or Doctoral degree primarily focused on human nutrition or dietetics.

Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.

Where can I get more information?

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 877-1600