Dietetic Technicians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Registered Diet Technician
  • Nutrition Technician
  • Nutrition Counselor
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Menu Planner
  • Food Service Technician
  • Dietetic Technician, Registered
  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Dietary Manager
  • Dietary Assistant
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What They Do

  • Provide dietitians with assistance researching food, nutrition, or food service systems.
  • Select, schedule, or conduct orientation or in-service education programs.
  • Refer patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.
  • Deliver speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
  • Develop job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
  • Determine food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control procedures.
  • Conduct nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, 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.

Interests

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.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $36,810 with most people making between $22,090 and $56,940

Outlook

1.62%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 4,300 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 60 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.