Dietitian Degree & Career Guide
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Need-to-Know Resources for Dietitians
Whether you are an aspiring student, newly minted Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), or an experienced professional at the pinnacle of your career, you’ll benefit from access to a wide range of available resources for the dietetics community. These include professional organizations, journals, podcasts, websites, blogs, and more that offer information and support—and the occasional touch of humor.
Get access to current industry news, trends, and research that will help expand your knowledge and your opportunities for mentoring, jobs, and continuing education throughout your studies and career.
As your journey begins or continues, you’ll join a vibrant community of like-minded practitioners, gain information, seek advice, offer input in various forums, and build your personal network. You’ll continue to learn about subjects like the latest in dietetic science, how to build your own consultancy, trends in the industry, and new options for continuing education. You’ll stay up-to-date—and connected.
“Resources like these are invaluable to those thinking about a career change, students and professionals; you’ll refer to them often as your studies and career progress,” says Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some of her recommendations are included below.
Hultin herself is a career changer and consulted several of these resources on her journey to an RDN credential. Initially a fitness trainer after college, Hultin decided to pursue a master’s in nutrition, and moved to Chicago for a rigorous dietetic internship at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Hospital. She stayed in the city for five years, working in a clinical practice before returning to Seattle and starting ChampagneNutrition.com. Hultin says she still refers to many of these sources everyday. Once you establish your own set of go-to sources, you’ll do the same.
The Mother of All Dietitian Resources: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
With more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Founded in 1917, the Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Members include Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists; Dietetic Technicians, Registered; other dietetics and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics; and students pursuing under graduate and graduate degrees. The Academy is the place to start for all things related to nutrition and dietetics—from requirements for credentialing and lists of accredited colleges to definitions of terms, job opportunities, salaries, and continuing education options—plus everything in between. We’ve listed some of the main links below that you’ll find essential to your education, career development, and networking.
Career resources, including resume development, interview techniques, and career guidance
RDN career path info for those changing careers
Listing of all accredited undergraduate and graduate programs
Job postings for job seekers and employers
Resources to manage practice and career, from standards of practice tools to marketing tips
RD/RDN Fact Sheet
Education requirements and career options
Dietetic Practice Groups
Interest groups for areas of focus, such as diabetes, clinical nutrition, or healthy aging
State Affiliate Groups
State dietetic associations
Associations and Organizations
While the Academy is the dominant organization in the field of dietetics and nutrition, there are other organizations that will be of interest to you, depending on your practice area and interests. These groups provide access to current industry news, trends, and research that will help expand your knowledge. You may also benefit from programs for mentoring, networking, job opportunities, and continuing education that they may provide. We’ve listed a representative sample of these professional organizations here. (Note: While RDNs may have an interest that aligns with some of the following groups, RDN credentialing is done through the Academy.)
Journals, Magazines, and News
Following these publications, and others like them, will keep you up to date on what your professional colleagues are writing about and reading—and, just as importantly, what your clients are seeing in the news.
Blogs and Podcasts
Many RDs and RDNs are published authors and establish websites, write blogs and create podcasts to share information and inspiration with their colleagues and clients. We’ve highlighted a few of the prominent ones here. You’ll enjoy the discussion, love the personalities, and may even be inspired to create blogs, websites, and podcasts of your own.
Who to Follow on Social Media?
All of the organizations, podcasts, blogs, and publications listed in this section have multiple social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to check those out for real time updates, late breaking news, and quick bits of info. Engage in discussion and post your own thoughts; social media makes online networking a breeze.