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.
The 60-credit course of study for the LaGuardia dietetic technician program includes classes in English, humanities and social science.
With the combination of an aging population of baby boomers and an increased public interest in improved nutrition, dietetic technicians such as those being trained at LaGuardia Community College should find a healthy serving of career opportunities in the future.
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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.