Registered dietitians (RDs) work in a variety of settings, including healthcare, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice. RDs perform a variety of different functions:
- Educating patients about nutrition, developing diet plans and administering medical nutrition therapy
- Managing food service operations in hospitals, clinics or other healthcare facilities
- Contributing to public campaigns to improve quality of life through healthy eating habits
- Researching critical nutrition questions
- Teaching other healthcare professionals about food science and nutrition
- Consulting with chefs, product developers and other nutrition-related businesses
All RDs are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are RDs. For more information on the field of dietetics and differences between a nutritionist and registered dietitian, see the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics's (ACEND) FAQs about careers in dietetics.