Dietetic Technicians

Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

Median Annual Wage: $25,780

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (61%); Less than high school diploma (24%); Some college, no degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Dietary Aide; Dietary Aid; Dietary Manager; Diet Tech (Dietetic Technician); Cook Chill Technician (CCT); Diet Clerk; Diet Technician Registered (DTR); Certified Dietary Manager (CDM); Diet Assistant; Diet Tech (Diet Technician)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dietetic Technicians.

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  • Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
  • Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
  • Plan menus or diets or guide individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
  • Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dietetic Technicians.

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dietetic Technicians.

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