Dietitians and nutritionists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, cafeterias, schools, health and wellness centers, outpatient clinics, and workout gyms. Some are self-employed in their own practices. Dietitians are also employed by food companies, universities, restaurants, privately-owned establishments, military bases, public health departments, corporate wellness programs and many other non-traditional settings, including health care.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietitians work with other health professionals like physicians, doctors, nurses and social workers to manage patients' nutrition. A dietitian provides nutritional guidance for health promotion, disease prevention and treatment of illnesses.
Dietitians collaborate formally and informally with families, communities and other professionals to help individuals achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. This can be accomplished through face-to-face meetings, one-on-one sessions, group presentations, counseling, coaching and studies.
Dietitians provide expertise and resources related to reading nutrition labels, grocery shopping and saving money at the supermarket, preparing meals and snacks, and cooking tips. Dietitians can also help people with eating disorders, childhood obesity and weight gain. They often help individuals manage diseases with specific foods and healthy eating plans.
Dietitians also conduct food and nutrition research in academic and practical work settings. They often have opportunities to influence the development and promotion of consumer products.