Workforce Demand

Meeting the future demands for nutrition services and intervention delivered by qualified persons is a very important issue for the Academy. The Dietetics Workforce Demand Study Task Force, appointed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, has completed a comprehensive review and future projections based on its best understanding of the profession in 2011. Understanding the workforce allows the Academy to better align its strategy and resources to adequately support the practicing professional and the development of new practitioners to achieve our goals and position the profession to meet future demands.

Unless there are sufficient numbers of qualified practitioners to perform services, these practitioners may not be designated as service providers by third party payers, making it unlikely that many members of the public will have access to qualified practitioners. In addition to direct service, nutrition interventions and other prevention efforts that are found to save health care costs need to be led by qualified staff.