Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.
- Certified Dietary Manager (CDM)
- Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP)
- Clinical Dietetic Technician
- Cook Chill Technician (CCT)
- Diet Assistant
- Diet Clerk
- Diet Tech (Dietetic Technician)
- Diet Technician Registered (DTR)
- Dietary Aide
- Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
- Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
- Obtain and evaluate dietary histories of individuals to plan nutritional programs.
- Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.
- Plan menus or diets or guide individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
- Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
- Develop job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
- Select, schedule, or conduct orientation or in-service education programs.
- Provide dietitians with assistance researching food, nutrition, or food service systems.
- Determine food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control procedures.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SIR.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative and Realistic environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.
- Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $33,990.00 with most people making between $20,700.00 and $52,010.00
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 1,900 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,200 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.
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collegeCalifornia State University-Long Beach
collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
collegeUniversity of Southern California
onetDietitians and Nutritionists
collegeLoma Linda University
majorFoods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General