The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the online resource for individuals and students interested in education and credentialing requirements for careers in dietetics and nutrition. Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health. It's a vital, growing profession with many career possibilities.
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have undergone rigorous academic and professional work to qualify for the RDN credential. The majority of RDNs work in the treatment and prevention of disease, in hospitals, private practice or other health-care facilities. Many RDNs also work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of RDNs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs.
Dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) are food and nutrition practitioners who have completed at least a two-year associate's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college, required course work and accredited supervised practice or who have at least a bachelor's degree at an accredited university or college and required coursework for a Didactic Program or Coordinated Program in Dietetics. In addition, you must pass a national DTR examination administered by CDR and complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. The majority of DTRs work with RDNs in a variety of employment settings including in hospitals or clinics. A large number of DTRs also work in public health settings such as school or day care centers, correctional facilities, weight management clinics and WIC programs as nutrition counselors.
Whichever career path you choose, you'll share your knowledge of food and nutrition to help people make healthful food choices and improve their health and wellness. From the Online Marketing Center to the many professional development opportunities, the Academy gives you the resources to be a successful food and nutrition professional, whether you're a high-school student, an international student or a professional in another industry who is looking to change careers.