Teach clients about healthy eating and create nutritious menus.
As a Dietetic Technician, you work directly alongside a registered Dietitian, and take care of a lot of the leg (and arm, and eye, and brain) work that goes along with the day-to-day care of their patients. This means, like a Dietitian, Dietetic Technicians are going to be talking to the patients and generally helping them eat better. It sounds simple, but there’s more to it than that.
Dietetic Technicians will work with the Dietitian to design and decide which foods are needed and how best to prepare them for clients. Then you’ll be doing a lot of the purchasing and preparing yourself. There’s a lot of wiggle room in this job – you could be working for individual people, schools, prisons, or any other number or type of clients from across the board. They’ll all have unique diet and personal needs, so you need to be extremely flexible to be successful in this position.
You’re the first gate for your patients. You’re the person on the ground taking care of business while the Dietitian is more big-picture: If a Dietitian is the Captain on the good ship Healthy Eating, you’re the sturdy First Mate.
As suggested, there is no one typical day for a Dietetic Technician. But you can certainly expect to do some of the following things on a regular basis. You’ll be purchasing food from sources, preparing it for your clients, helping to design, write and distribute diet plans, gather client diet histories, and, on occasion, offer dietetic counseling (though the Dietitian more often does this). If you love food and healthy living, this career is extremely fulfilling.