What Dietetic Technicians Do

Dietetic technicians work with registered dietitians to plan menus and prepare food for patients and clients with specific dietary restrictions. Dietetic technicians may observe a patient with dietary issues, analyze menus, standardize recipes, test emerging food products, and provide dietitians with assistance and support to benefit their patients.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes and retirement centers
  • Hospices
  • Research facilities
  • Schools
  • Health clubs
  • Food vending and distributing companies

Education and Training Requirements

Dietetic technicians complete a two-year associate degree. This includes 450 hours of practical field experience at community programs, healthcare facilities, and food service facilities. There is also a national certification examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a series of continuing professional education requirements to maintain that registration.


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for dietetic technicians is approximately $38,440 per year.

Professional Organization

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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