Dietetic Technicians

Last updated December 31, 2014

Preparing a dinner for two sometimes seems challenge enough. But preparing healthy, nutritious food for hundreds is something that requires the expertise and knowledge of a dietetic technician.

Often working with dietitians, dietetic technicians plan menus, prepare meals, order food, and manage budgets for places like schools, nursing homes, and prisons. They may also help counsel people on healthy eating or prepare nutrition information for food labels.

Dietetic technicians help to prepare food for facilities such as hospitals, schools, and restaurants.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Work with a dietitian to design menus for a day care center
  • Purchase and prepare food for a prison
  • Advise individuals on proper nutrition
  • Teach a class in nutrition at a weight management center

It Helps To Be...

Caring, compassionate, and organized. You may be working with a wide range of people, some of whom are ill or overweight. And you may be juggling many responsibilities as you coordinate meals for large groups.

Make High School Count

  • Do your best in science courses such as biology and chemistry.
  • Sign up for health science and family and consumer studies to learn more about nutrition and cooking.

Did You Know?

Graduating isn’t enough: You’ll need to pass a national exam on nutrition basics, counseling, education, and management.