Careers in Dietetics
On a smaller scale, RDNs may also be involved in corporate wellness programs or educate clients on the relationship between food, fitness and health to help improve sports performance. They may also work individually with clients with chronic disease conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders or food allergies.
Other areas such as private practice, education and research can also be possibilities for RDNs and may fall under any of these categories depending on the individual's personal interests.
Job Outlook and Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employment growth rate for RDNs from 2016-2026 is 15%, much faster than average of 7%, with an expected job increase of almost 10,000 jobs. This is in part related to the increasing interest in the role of food and nutrition in disease prevention. This may increase the demand for dietitians in the grocery store to help consumers make healthy food choices. The increasing aging population also plays a role in the positive job outlook for RDNs which will provide job opportunities in nursing homes, residential care facilities and physician clinics.
In 2016, the median annual salary for RDNs was $58,920. The lowest 10% earned less than $36,470 and the highest 10% earned more than $82,410. About 25% of RDNs worked part time.