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Work Environment

Dietitians work in hospitals, clinics, and aboard ships.

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Dietitians are experts in human nutrition and the regulation of diet. In the Military, they are responsible for managing medical food service facilities, identifying nutrition problems, developing diet plans, and counseling patients on special diet modifications.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Dietitians typically have a graduate degree in nutrition science. Job training for dietitians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments, and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials), which may require additional education, training, or experience. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Desire to help others
  • Interest in interpreting scientific and medical data
  • Interest in nutrition and food preparation

Related Civilian Careers

  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Food Service Managers