Registered DietitianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Registered dietitians are responsible for the health and well-being of their clients by helping create safe and sustainable eating habits. They create comprehensive nutrition programs and offer counseling and lifestyle coaching to better tailor their plans to customers.

These nutritional experts provide valuable information, like how to cook on a budget, how to read ingredient labels, how to spot stress eating, and much more. They identify areas of opportunity for those seeking to live healthier lifestyles in reasonable ways and help navigate around potential problems like food allergies, addiction, and more.

By cutting through the latest diet fads, and offering tried and tested, science-backed solutions to today’s eating problems, these experts provide longer and more fulfilling lives to those seeking to improve. Registered dietitians that wish to remain competitive will typically have a bachelor’s degree and comprehensive certification and licensure which will need to be updated yearly.

Sample job description #1

Primary duties and responsibilities

  • Provide Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) on-site and virtually to assigned patient case load, in addition to traditional MNT
  • Completion of nutrition assessments using Nutrition Care Process
  • Make clinical recommendations to the treatment team for the maintenance and/or improvement of nutritional status
  • Strong collaboration efforts with our partnering Functional Medicine practitioners
  • Regular and proficient computer use of our Electronic Health Record (EHR) and systems to ensure adequate care of patients within caseload and communications with the group providers, partners, and administration
  • Coordinate follow-up scheduling with caseload. New patient scheduling and benefit checking will be provided by our administrative assistant
  • Generate insurance claims for patient visits which are managed by the practice
  • Provide strong role model example to patients and maintain upbeat, positive, collaborative relationships with group dietitians and patients
  • Willingness to attend training and shadowing sessions prior to start date is expected as compensation for the waiving of onboarding overhead during the months credentialing is in process with insurance companies and claims are waiting to be come in
  • Training includes a 1-week shadowing period and weekly touch bases on an arranged schedule which can be flexible. Includes group policies, systems, and how to effectively manage patient and non-patient time to optimize workflow and income
  • Meet weekly for chart reviews and mentoring with lead RD 1-3 months post go-live date with patients depending on level of experience
  • Maintain integrative and functional nutrition knowledge base through continuing education
  • Contribute to nutrition in-service education/training at group monthly meetings on a rotating basis, and join round table case discussions
  • Contribute to our partner DENT Neurology’s Corporate Wellness Newsletter on a rotating monthly basis
  • Participate in HIPAA and other annual compliance trainings


  • Current registration with CDR as a Registered Dietitian
  • Current registration with the NYS Office of Professions as a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN). CDN is mandatory for the position at time of interviewing. Please indicate RDN and CDN registration numbers on your application
  • Certificate of Training with DIFM (Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG), IFNA Certificate of Training, or IFNCP advanced practice credential through IFNA
  • Practice experience in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. Strong interest will be considered providing DIFM Certification completed prior to go-live date with patients
  • At least 1 year practice experience mandatory
  • Outpatient experience preferred. Certificate of training in Motivational Interviewing strongly encouraged

Sample job description #2

Education, experience, and licensure requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in dietetics or related program approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Currently registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and meet licensure or certification per State requirements. Must maintain an active license in good standing throughout employment
  • Registered with American Dietetic Association
  • Prior experience in nutritional assessment and planning
  • Two (2) years’ experience in a health care facility. Prior post acute care experience preferred

Specific job requirements

  • Familiar with standards of practice used in the assessment of geriatric patients
  • Make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Knowledgeable of practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations, and guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
  • Implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department
  • Perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, safety, and sanitation
  • Maintains professional working relationships with all associates, vendors, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information
  • Understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures
  • Displays integrity and professionalism by adhering to Life Care’s Code of Conduct and completes mandatory Code of Conduct and other appropriate compliance training

Essential functions

  • Consult with patient and family concerning nutrition needs and goals
  • Check menu plans to ensure they meet nutritional needs of patients and to ensure quality food service standards
  • Plan modified diets for patients as requested by attending physician
  • Input dietary information accurately and in a timely manner (i.e., patient charting, dietary database)
  • Participate in Interdisciplinary Patient Care meetings involving nutrition
  • Assist with other food service duties as required
  • Exhibit excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards patients
  • Assist in the evacuation of patients
  • Demonstrate dependable, regular attendance
  • Concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
  • Communicate and function productively on an interdisciplinary team
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours
  • Read, write, speak, and understand the English language

Sample job description #3

The Registered Dietitian will oversee that all schools within the designated district are within compliance of federal and state regulations pertaining to all USDA programs implemented by the schools including the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This position will also be responsible for handling any special dietary needs of the students within the school district.


  • Perform onsite reviews of assigned school sites to evaluate compliance
  • Plan menus that are within Federal and State Regulations for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
  • Oversee communication with district staff, employees, and community regarding special dietary needs and menu related topics
  • Create and implement trainings materials and handouts to support the district as needed
  • Conduct trainings with kitchen staff
  • Any other duties as assigned


  • Minimum BS in Nutrition or related field. Registered Dietitian credential is required
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in school nutrition or related field is preferred, but not required. Consideration will be given to candidates with other foodservice related work experience
  • This position requires a person that is a leader and can handle a fast-paced environment

Physical demands and work environment

  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English and/or dominate language at the school Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 5 hours)
  • Be physically able to lift, reach, bend and stoop frequently lift up to 50 pounds

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a registered dietician is $65,400 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$65,050$87,950
Los Angeles, California$73,350$99,250
Denver, Colorado$61,150$82,700
Washington, DC$74,450$100,750
Miami, Florida$60,850$82,350
Orlando, Florida$56,150$75,950
Tampa, Florida$56,700$76,700
Atlanta, Georgia$59,450$80,450
Chicago, Illinois$68,350$92,500
Boston, Massachusetts$73,950$100,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$58,950$79,700
New York City, New York$77,850$105,250
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$63,350$85,750
Dallas, Texas$61,700$83,450
Houston, Texas$61,450$83,100
Seattle, Washington$71,150$96,250
National Average$55,550$75,200

Sample interview questions

  • What would you do if a patient or client refused to follow the diet you prescribed to them?
  • How do you build a working relationship with your patients or clients?
  • What diet would you prescribe someone suffering from diabetes?
  • What would you consider your greatest weakness as a registered dietitian?
  • How do you stay up to date with the latest dietary processes and requirements?
  • What would you say the best method is to communicate to a patient that the diet they are following needs to be changed or modified?
  • As a registered dietitian, what is one of the hardest problems you have faced?
  • What would you do if a client is unwilling to quit or attempt to quit a negative habit?
  • How many food plans have you written in your past?
  • What do you believe is the best way to approach a large diet change?
  • How would you handle an unruly client who doesn’t believe they need to change?

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