What does a registered dietitian do?

Registered dietitians teach and counsel individuals and groups about nutrition and its impact on health and well-being. They work in a variety of settings: hospitals and clinics, food service management, public health, business, education, research, and private practice. Areas of specialty include education, pediatrics, geriatrics, business, and sports nutrition.

What might a registered dietitian do in a workday?

Depending on their work setting, registered dietitians:

How much does a registered dietitian earn?

How do I become a registered dietitian?

Students interested in becoming dietitians should prepare by taking challenging high school classes in science, English, math, and business.

To become a registered dietitian, students must earn a bachelor’s degree in an accredited academic program and complete an accredited supervised practice program, such as a coordinated program or dietetic internship. Registered dietitians also must pass a national examination and complete continuing education requirements. Students may begin at a local community college and transfer to a four-year program after obtaining an Associate in Science degree.

“Becoming a Registered Dietitian Fact Sheet” and additional information are available at:

Where else can I learn about becoming a registered dietitian?

Virginia Dietetic Association
P.O. Box 439 / Centreville, VA 20122-0439
tel:  (703) 815-8293 /

American Dietetic Association
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 / Chicago, IL 60606-6995
tel:  (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600 / web:

American Society for Nutrition
9650 Rockville Pike / Bethesda, MD 20814
tel:  (301) 634-7050 / web:

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Registered Dietitians: