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DIetician/Nutritionist Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings -
Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Employment and Earnings
Dietitians and nutritionists held about 66,700 jobs in 2014. The largest employers of dietitians and nutritionists were as follows: Hospitals; state, local, and private, 30%; Government, 14%; Nursing and residential care facilities, 10%; Outpatient care centers, 8%; and accommodation and food services, 5%. Dietitians also may work in physicians' offices or in schools. Most dietitians and nutritionists work full time, although about 1 out of 4 work part time. They may work evenings and weekends to meet with clients who are unavailable at other times. .

Other jobs are in public and private educational services, community care facilities for the elderly (which includes assisted-living facilities), individual and family services, home health care services, and the Federal Government -- mostly in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some dietitians are self-employed, working as consultants to facilities such as hospitals and nursing care facilities or providing dietary counseling to individuals.

Median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists was $58,920 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,470, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,410.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

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