Dietetic Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists 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.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Observes patient food intake and reports progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Prepares a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
  • Supervises food production or service or assists dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
  • Plans menus or diets or guides individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
  • Analyzes menus or recipes, standardizes recipes, or tests new products.
  • Conducts nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.
  • Determines food and beverage costs and assists in implementing cost control procedures.
  • Develops job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
  • Delivers speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
  • Refers patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.

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Dietetic Technicians

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) -- Puts menus together, meeting food safety regulations and providing nutritional information, as well as manages food preparation staff members. Usually works in facilities that need a large number of meals prepared for a specific type of population like ho