So you are thinking about becoming a Registered Dietitian. Well, there's a lot more to it than meets the eye, but first, what is a dietitian? A registered dietitian is an individual who has obtained advanced education and training in human nutrition.
The demand for registered dietitians increased faster than the supply of professionals willing to fill the need, according to a new study. The study revealed that between 2003 and 2015 the demand for civilian dietitians and nutritionists grew by 35 percent and only the supply of professionals willing to fill the need grew by 18 percent. This information tells us that if you are interested in a career as a dietitian your chances of finding work in your desired location are good.
A dietitian job is a healthcare professional who advises people on the types of food that are best to eat. A dietitian also gives advice about why certain foods are bad for health and can cause serious diseases. Despite the huge dietary changes in recent decades, the role of a dietitian remains an important one in helping to improve public health.
Dietitians and nutritionists (NOC 3132) typically make between $21.63 and $47.22 per hour in Canada, according to Job Bank (2022). These people fall under the category of "registered dietitians (RD)".
As a registered dietitian, your responsibilities and duties may include:
In Canada, dietitian jobs are regulated, which means dietitians not only need to complete a degree in nutrition or dietetics from an accredited university program and go through rigorous training, but they also need to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) managed by the regulatory College in each province.
In Ontario, dietitians are regulated by The College of Dietitians of Ontario, an organization that ensures all dietitians "follow the laws and dietetic practice standards so the public can have access to safe, ethical, and quality nutrition services."
Apart from getting certified and licensed as a dietitian, to land a dietitian job, candidates need to develop most of these skills:
Dietitian jobs can be very rewarding and provide a variety of job opportunities. These professionals are trained to work with patients who have both physical and mental disabilities, providing them with nutrition counseling as well as helping them develop healthy eating habits. In this article, we’ve covered what it takes to become a registered dietitian and provided information on how much they make each year.
Consistency is the key to success when applying for registered dietitian jobs. The more information you have available, the easier it will be to complete the application process to be considered for a dietitian job. It is also in your best interest to learn your target company’s hiring process before applying. Whether you are applying online or in person, there are specific steps that must be followed each time to be considered.
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