Title - Job Description Overview

Dietitians & Nutritionists

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

  • Title - Related Careers

    • Public Health Nutrition
    • International Food Organizations 
    • Consultant/Private Practice
    • Clinical Dietetics 
    • Food and Nutrition Management
    • Business and Industry 
    • Media
    • Public Policy/Government
    • Education and Research
    • Related Health Professionals (e.g. M.D., PA, etc.)
    • First-line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers 
    • Food Service Manager
    • Recreation Workers 
      • Cooks, Institution, and Cafeteria
      • First-line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
  • Title - Typical Job Duties

    • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
    • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
    • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.
    • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.
    • Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient or client.
    • Plan, conduct, and evaluate dietary, nutritional, and epidemiological research.
    • Write research reports and other publications to document and communicate research findings.
    • Manage quantity food service departments or clinical and community nutrition services.
    • Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes.
    • Coordinate diet counseling services.
    • Make recommendations regarding public policy, such as nutrition labeling, food fortification, and nutrition standards for school programs.
    • Inspect meals served for conformance to prescribed diets and standards of palatability and appearance.
    • Provide assistance to staff members by inspecting rooms, setting tables, or doing laundry.
    • Organize, develop, analyze, test, and prepare special meals such as low-fat, low-cholesterol and chemical-free meals.


According to a Career One Stop, the median wage for Nutritionist and Dieticians in California is $71,700. The average hourly rate is $34.49. They project 1,500 new jobs annually through the years of 2012-2022.