dietetic technician


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dietetic technician

a person trained in food and nutrition who may work independently or in a team with a registered dietitian. Dietetic technicians often screen patients to identify nutrition problems, provide patient education and counseling, develop menus and recipes, supervise food service personnel, purchase food, and monitor inventory and food quality. A 2-year associate degree program is usually required. Those who complete the associate degree program and pass a registration exam become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

dietetic technician

A technician who assists the food service manager and dietitian in a health care facility with planning, implementing, and evaluating food programs. The technician may train and supervise dietary aides.
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There were about 26,420 dietetic technicians employed nationwide in May 2013, according to the U.
For more information about registered dietetic technicians, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student page at www.
To become a registered dietetic technician (DTR), a student must complete at least a two-year associate degree.
Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment growth for dietetic technicians is projected to be faster than the average from 2006 to 2016 due to the increased emphasis being placed on disease prevention through good nutrition.
Also of note is the fact that LaGuardia boasts the only dietetic technician program within the City University of New York (CUNY).
Designed to educate individuals in the areas of medical nutrition therapy and foodservice management, the LaGuardia dietetic technician program teaches students how to screen and assess patients, and to plan and implement appropriate nutrition intervention plans.
Dietetic technicians assist dietitians in planning and preparing healthy meals.
Dietetic Technician Karen Seigel chose to become a DTR because she felt she lacked the science background to become an RD, and as she was almost forty when she went back to school for nutrition, she didn't want the four-year-plus-internship commitment of an RD program.
According to the ADA's 1997 Membership Database, however, there is a variance in salaries, with 63% of entry-level Dietetic Technicians employed for five years or less reporting salaries between $20,001 and $30,000, while 61% of equivalent Registered Dietitians reported salaries between $25,000 and $35,000.
NYSDA's members consist of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs) and nutrition students.
The American Dietetic Association provides the oversight and professional accreditation to nearly 65,000 registered dietitians and dietetic technicians.
More than 75,000 dietitians and dietetic technicians across the country and the world have taken CDR exams over the past several decades.