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What Is A Health Registered Dietitian And What Do They Do?
A Registered Dietitian is a person who has special training in the nutritional needs for healthy people and for those who are sick or have a disease requiring special nutrition care. Registered Dietitians can help people plan healthy diets for themselves and their families.

Where Do Registered Dietitians Work?
Registered Dietitians can specialize in clinical or community nutrition and work in health-care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, diabetes care facilities, residential institutions for persons with special needs, public health agencies, colleges and universities, wellness programs, sports training centers, governmental agencies, or as consultants in private practice. They may prefer to specialize in management and have a career in food service, hospitality management, or larger corporations. Business dietitians can also work for corporations in the development of food products or in sales, marketing or public relations.

Which Personal Skills Are Needed For A Career in Nutrition?
A person who welcomes new challenges, adjusts well to varied roles, and enjoys working with people would function well in the field of nutrition.

What Type Of Training Is Required To Become A Registered Dietitian?
A person must first complete a baccalaureate degree that satisfies the undergraduate academic requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation / Approval for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association. Next they must complete an internship from an accredited program in order to qualify to take the National Registration Exam for Dietitians required to practice as a Registered Dietitian. Most states, including North Carolina, now require that dietitians become licensed also. Once registered, a dietitian must complete a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education every five years in order to maintain current credentials.

Which Colleges In North Carolina Offer A Nutrition Degree?
Several institutions in North Carolina offer Bachelor's degrees in nutrition that have been approved by the American Dietetic Association. These include East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central, Appalachian University, Bennett College, Meredith College, North Carolina A & T State, and Western Carolina.

What Is The Expected Salary For A Registered Dietitian?
Salaries vary considerably between clinical nutrition and managerial positions. Generally management positions have higher entry salaries and greater increases long-term. Large institutions and corporations often pay more than private or governmental institutions.

Links To Internet Sites That Are Favorites Among Dietitians.
The American Dietetic Association
The Internet Public Library

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