Traditionally, a dietitian had three main career options: clinical dietetics, food service or community nutrition. Today, dietitians are working in numerous positions that are only limited by your imagination. We can work everywhere we see a need. Most of us still working in a hospital or other health care facility, buy we are seen more and more dietitians that are creating new career pathways. This profession has been always diverse (that’s why I chose it!), but now has more opportunities than ever - from personal chefs to marketing consultants, from media communicators to online coaches, and everything in between. New technologies allow dietitians to provide services in a variety of ways. For example, with Web 2.0 tools, one can now be more visible to the public and employers. Also, by being more connected to the world we are prepared to better detect a need and be ready to fulfill it. Besides technology advancement, the most important opportunity we can’t miss today is the stress that governments and health care systems are putting on prevention and cost reduction. It has been shown that healthy eating can prevent the progression of numerous health conditions. But it’s only up to us be the professionals that provide preventive nutrition services, showing the whole society that we are the ones better prepared to do that.
This video (from the ADA) about dietetics career choices really made me proud of our profession. Check it out!
Do you know a dietitian working on a non-traditional area?
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