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Healthcare Dietetic Technician
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What Does a Dietetic Technician Do?

Embracing healthy food can be life-changing. A dietetic technician is part of the team that makes this change possible. 

Dietetic technicians work under the supervision of a registered dietitian to help clients understand how food can improve well-being or boost recovery. 

This role has several names, including dietary aide, dietetic assistant, diet technician, nutrition technician or nutrition and dietetic technician.

Technicians work in many settings, including hospitals, school and corporate cafeterias, research facilities, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, community centers, food vending companies and health clubs. Their duties vary by setting.

In a community setting, these food and nutrition experts help make healthy eating a way of life. They create nutrition education curriculums and meal plans, explaining how smart food choices can help the body function better. That includes what foods to eat and what to avoid. They do screenings and lifestyle assessments to understand a client’s starting point. 

In a medical setting, dietetic technicians focus on disease prevention and how to use food as a healing tool. They do initial nutrition screenings for patients and monitor patients’ eating habits, including a patient’s willingness or ability to stick to an approved meal plan. The data the dietetic tech collects from patients drives the direction of the menu. This technician also coordinates with the kitchen to make sure all menus reflect the latest information.

In a food company setting, technicians help create menus, ensure food safety and conduct nutrition analysis.

In any setting, dietetic technicians play a hands-on role. They help clients understand and follow a dietician’s directives through repeated interactions and support.

If you’re looking for a career that can change a client’s quality of life, keep reading to learn more about this satisfying job. 

A dietetic technician helps people understand the role of good nutrition for healing and a healthy life
A dietetic technician works closely with a registered dietician to help clients understand the power of healthy eating habits. (Credit: Komsan Loonprom/Shutterstock)


  • Work with dietician to assess clients' nutritional needs
  • Conduct limited health screenings (i.e.: cholesterol checks)
  • Follow customized meal plans 
  • Work with clients to make meal plan adjustments
  • Counsel clients on the principles of healthy eating and nutrition
  • Consult with other healthcare personnel, including kitchen staff
  • May also prepare meals, depending on setting
  • Collect client data
  • Adhere to food safety rules and instruct others to do the same

How To Become a Registered Dietetic Technician: FAQs

The bottom line:

This career is an important bridge between food service and nutrition care in a variety of settings. If you know you want to help others understand nutrition and how it can help them heal, this career is the perfect place to start. Check out the training programs available near you and get started on your next chapter!

Local Certifications and Requirements

You may need a state license or certificate before you can work in a specific career in your state. Different states may also have different education and experience requirements, fees and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy to find what you need to begin your new career. Just enter your zip code to get started.

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