Registered dietitians work in a variety of settings including hospitals, sports programs, food and nutrition industries and businesses, private practice, and research. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and dietitians will play an increasingly important role in preventing obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease. An aging baby boomer population will also result in an increased demand for dietitians in nursing homes and home healthcare settings.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- The median pay was $55,240 per year in 2012
- Salaries increase with experience and area of employment
- Expected employment growth is faster than average
- Dietitians and nutritionists who have earned advanced degrees or certification in a specialty area may enjoy better job prospects