Day in the Life
nutritionists usually work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas.
However, some work in hot, congested kitchens. Many dietitians and
nutritionists are on their feet for much of the workday.
Dietitians and nutritionists typically do the following:
- Assess patients' and clients' nutritional and health needs
- Counsel patients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits
- Develop meal plans, taking both cost and clients' preferences into account
- Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
- Promote better health by speaking to groups about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases
- Keep up with or contribute to the latest food and nutritional science research
- Write reports to document patients' progress.
Most full-time dietitians and nutritionists work a regular
40-hour week, although some work weekends. About 1 in 3 work part time.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor